Courtney Love, the widow of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, is reportedly facing eviction from a West Village townhouse she was renting for her corporation, Cherry Forever Records, inc. According to a press release authorized by the legal team representing the building’s owner Astor Street Partners, LLC, the singer/actress allegedly damaged the landmarked property—it was built in 1827— and altered it’s interior design. Love is also accused of failing to pay her lease. The annual rent for the townhouse is $324,000, which must be paid in two six-month installments.
The one-year lease agreement, says the legal team of Rosenberg and Estis, prohibits Love from altering the property without the owner’s written consent. According to the owner, repairs will cost upwards of $100,000 and the LLC has started a non-payment proceeding in NYC’s Civil Court seeking eviction due to $54,000 in back rent.
“The damage demonstrates enormous disregard for the lease agreement and the design vision that makes the home so unique. The property does not now remotely resemble the residence she moved into,” said Astor Street Partners. The owner claims Love wallpapered and repainted significant portions of the interior.
The Fire Department reported a fire in the fourth-floor bedroom of the property in June, during which the curtains and bed linens were burned. The owner has expressed deep concern over burn marks in the residence, and the possibility that the entire structure could have caught fire.
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