Courtney Love wins eviction fight
Manhattan judge agrees with the rocker that she had paid her rent. Whether she 'ruined' the $27,000-a-month townhouse with her renovations is being debated.
Rocker Courtney Love has won her case and won't be evicted from her $27,000-a-month New York City townhouse.
The law was on her side: A judge agreed with her contention that she was current on her rent on the four-story, three-bedroom home in Manhattan's West Village and dismissed the suit brought by her landlord.
Love plans to move anyway next month, when her lease expires, according to The New York Post.
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Landlord Donna Lyon had complained that Love had "ruined" the home's interior with unapproved renovations, which she discovered when she hired a photographer to take pictures of the home to list it for sale. The townhouse was decorated by former owner and designer Steven Gambrel and was featured in Elle Décor in 2009. Lyon bought it for $8 million in 2010.
She estimated it would cost $100,000 to undo Love's work and told The Post:
Courtney has wallpapered and painted a large portion of the property without my consent. … I was horrified by what she had done. The walls that had been hand-painted and glazed were ruined, covered in damask wallpaper and ice-blue paint.
She also complained that the home had been damaged by fire, but Love's representatives said a small fire caused by a candle was put out quickly and didn't do any serious damage.
Love told The Post that she got permission to repaint and used a painter approved by the landlord.
XOJane, where Love is a contributing editor, was invited to photograph her townhouse in December, and you can see lots of photos here. Curbed New York has photos of the townhouse before Love moved in. Here's a recent exterior photo from The Village Voice. Does it look ruined to you?
The dispute may not be over. Lyon's lawyer Norman Flitt told The Post, "The alteration dispute was not part of the rent case and remains unresolved."
Not only should the landlord get nothing from Courtney, whatever profit the landlord makes on it when it sells should be awarded to Courtney as well, becasue it's only due to Courtney's renovations that any profit would be made from it.
Talk about class warfare.... 28K a month? How many people can afford that much for rent> apparently a lot...
The place looks a lot better after she decorated... It looked like a nightmare before... I'm surprised she even rented it, if she couldn't remodel the place...
She said she got permission. I hope it was in writing. If not, she should pay to put it back the way it was...even though it looks better now.
Anyone who has ever rented an apartment in NY knows that unless it's stipulated in the lease (which the article does not state and Love claims that she had approval from the landlord and used landlord approved painters) that you CAN NOT make any changes to an apartment, If it doesn't state it we will make changes. When we rent an apartment (and it's irrelevant where her money comes from as long as she can pay the rent) we decorate and make changes to fit our personality and not the real estate agent or landlords. I don't have to like her to know that the landlord is trying to make a buck.
most of you people missed the point, if she had to have permission for her to redo anything and she didn't get it then she is totally in the wrong, i don't care who they where. It doesn't matter if it is ten times better or not. she knew what she rented when she got it, i am sure she knew the details of her lease also.
as somebody who rents this can cause you all kinds of headaches as i know from first hand experience. but this just shows even the ones that can afford it does not care if they follow the rules and especially stars and i guess piracy hasn't effected her any but we all know that is just music bull sh*t wind blowing anyway.
uhm...just what the hell did she think was going to happen renting a multi-millon dollar home to Courtney Love...? hello...crazy rock chick *taps Donna's on forehead*
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.