Courtney Love, the widow of Kurt Cobain, is facing eviction if she doesn’t pay for back rent for her Manhattan apartment. The ‘Hole’ singer is also facing civil suit from the building owner and landlord for $54,000.
The apartment building’s owner, Donna Lyons, says Love redecorated the place without her permission. Lyons express concerns about the damage the singer caused back in June when a candle burned part of a bedroom.
A statement obtained by E! News from the building owner’s attorney, Norman Flitt, says the fire in Courtney’s apartment destroyed the curtains and bed linens in the room.
“The owner has expressed deep concern over burn marks in the residence, and the possibility that the entire structure could have caught fire,” read the statement.
The statement also says that it’s a one-year lease and that it prohibits the tenant from making any alterations to the premises without the owner’s express written consent.
Love is paying $324,000 in rent annually for the Manhattan apartment and the owner will only accept two six-month installments.
“The one-year lease for the 1827 townhouse prohibits the tenant from making any alterations to the premises without the owner’s express written consent, and requires any changes to be restored prior to the end of the lease,” the statement continued. ” Annual rent for the property is $324,000, payable in two six-month installments.”
“I learned about this when I wanted to sell the house and had photographs taken. They sent me the brochure and I said, ‘This can’t be my property.’ I came to New York to see it and 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,” Lyons told the New York Post.
Lysons also added: “I got a call from her accountant, who said, ‘Miss Love is fine,’ which I was glad to hear, but I thought, ‘What about the house?'”
Courtney Love has been going through a financial crisis for more than a decade. Some people allege that she robbed her daughter’s trust fund to maintain a very expensive lifestyle. Those allegations are still being sorted out in court.