Rihanna sues over water woes at mansion
Singer alleges that seller, home inspector, real-estate agent and others failed to disclose defects that led to serious damage.
Back in 2009, pop singer Rihanna bought a 10,000-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Like most prospective home buyers, she hired a home inspector to look over the newly renovated home. But, she says, the inspector didn't do a good job: The first "moderate rainstorm" caused leaks that left the home uninhabitable. An umbrella was no help.
Now she is suing the inspector, the seller, her real-estate company, the engineer on the seller's renovation, the "John Does" who did the renovation and others, arguing that they failed to do their jobs.
That meant she ended up with a lemon, paying much more than the property was worth, she says.
"The rainwater pooled on the second-floor balcony and seeped into numerous rooms of the house, causing extensive water intrusion into various rooms," according to the suit.
She alleges that the seller knew of the defects and failed to disclose them.
She also alleges that her real-estate agent failed to perform the due diligence she expected, didn't provide her with information on sales of comparable properties and "became aware of or should have known of extensive construction defects in the property," but did not share that information with her client.
According to The Real Estalker, the house was listed at $8.89 million and Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty, bought it for $6.9 million. The Real Estalker has a photo of the home.
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The modern house has eight bedrooms, 10 baths and a dramatic living room with walls of glass showcasing city and ocean views.
The pop star's suit alleges that the construction defects were uncovered by an engineer hired by her insurance company after the home suffered significant water damage.
Rihanna alleges that the home inspection service signed off on repairs that were inadequate. Her suit alleges fraud, professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and breach of implied warranty. She's seeking an unspecified amount in damages and a jury trial.
None of those named in the suit has made any public comments about the allegations.
Real Estate Agents or Realtors gang up with others with all kinds of hidden scams, tricks, and kick backs. These Realtors only interested to make money and disappear quickly.
These crooks making it so confuse and complex. Take these Realtor, Inspector, Seller, Real Estate Company to court and make sure they never pratice again.
In So Cal most roof problems don't show up until a rain. The roof will look perfect in every way until then. Should REALTOR's and Home Inspectors hold up the sale of a property until a heavy rain to verify the roof is good? I do hope none of you hurt yourself in jumping to conclusions of guilt. If something was falsified or someone was paid off to look the other way then someone should pay. On the subject of comps to the property. It is difficult to find comps for multi-million $$ homes built as a one of a kind structure with a one of a kind view. However, this is the US and it is the American way to blame someone else for our own failures. Maybe she should have shopped around a bit more instead of rushing into the first home she looked at.
Due Diligence on the Buyer part.
@KCCR007: You can sue someone fairly easily for your defective house, assuming it was constructed within statute of limitations time frame (often 10 years). Just pick up the phone and call a construction defect attorney. Many will even work on contingency. Is that so hard? Wah wah, poor baby.
Good for her. Most people don't have the resources to do anything about this type of scam and that is what it was, a scam. They are all in collusion and should be sued and made to pay for it.
Just because she can afford this home does not mean she be penalized for their obvious dishonesty. You go girl!
Because Rihanna is famous, I hope her voice is successfully heard. I too purchased a home that had a useless home warranty. These warranties are a farse ! They trip charge you and never find any problems they'll fix.
The inspectors are just as guilty. Had I not been an out of state buyer I would have inspected it myself. You'd do just as well, as my inspector found nothing wrong in a house with some defects.
They arent minimum wage workers. So why cant they do a decent job ?
Good luck Rihanna. SSet a presidence.
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.