You Can’t Stay Here: Celebrities Evicted From Their Homes
Money woes affects us all, even the so called rich and famous. If you don’t believe us take it from these celebrities evicted from their homes after they couldn’t keep up with mortgage payments.
Columbus Short just cannot seem to catch a break these days. First he lost his wife. Then he lost his job on the highly rated show “Scandal.” And while he’s currently going through some legal issues, he can now add finding a new home on his list of things to do. The actor/hip-hop choreographer fell behind in his rent for just one month and his landlord wasted no time heading to court to evict him. The judge has ordered Short to vacate out of the $6,995 per month Los Angeles pad in five days.
After making history with the hip-hop group The Fugees, Lauryn Hill released her solo album and sold over eight million copies before dropping off of the face of the earth to start a family. But in the years since she’s re-emerged, Hill has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Right before she was set to turn herself in to serve a three-month sentence for tax evasion, her landlord handed her an eviction notice. Hill was ordered out of her South Orange home because she was using the property to run a business, which was against the city ordinance.
Mary J. Blige
She’s the reigning Queen of Hip-Hop Soul but even Mary J. Blige isn’t above getting kicked out of her place. The “Not Gon Cry” singer has been plagued with money problems. First her charity foundation was sued by the bank for an unpaid loan. Then Uncle Sam hit her with a tax lien. And if that wasn’t enough, the eviction notice for lack of payment her landlord placed on the door of her Manhattan condo started to make its rounds online.
Bobbi Kristina Brown
It’s not easy living next door to a young couple. Just ask Bobbi Kristina Brown’s former neighbors. Last year Brown and her husband Nick Gordon were kicked out of their Alpharetta, Georgia apartment after receiving numerous noise complaints over a period of months. After she vacated the apartment, Whitney Houston’s only child left a very nasty note to her complaining neighbors. “Thanks. You are sh*t at the bottom of our shoe,” Brown allegedly wrote. “Thank you for making a hard year harder. You are a miserable couple, and always will be. You were honored to have us living above you and you couldn’t stand such a young beautiful couple being far more successful than you ever will be. I pray your misery doesn’t rub off on your innocent little baby.”
Soulja Boy is flossing on the new season of “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” now but 2011 wasn’t a good year for the “Crank That” rapper. He was arrested after police found marijuana and a gun in his briefcase. Soulja Boy’s younger brother was killed in a car accident. And he got caught lying about owning a private jet. And then his money woes were put on blast after he was hit with an eviction notice for failing to pay the $4,725 a month rent for his Atlanta pad.
Last season on “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Kenya Moore was going through some drama as usual but this time her landlord was putting her out. Moore fell behind one month and didn’t pay the entire rent for the month of May. That’s when her landlord went to court to get the former beauty queen out of the $3999 a month mansion. Cameras were rolling when Moore’s landlord showed up with the police while she was in the process of moving out.
Damon Dash has come a long way from making millions and millions of dollars with his former business partner Jay Z. Dash has since found himself with serious money issues, like being dragged into court after failing to pay back a $230,000 loan. For his part, the former Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder argued that he couldn’t repay the loan because he had no money and was falling behind in other bills. “I am currently several months behind in paying my personal bills,” he wrote in a 5-page court filing. “For instance, I am currently over $100,000 behind in rent for the only home in which I live and at risk of being evicted.”
No one was hurting more after G-Unit broke up than Young Buck. The Memphis native was struggling to pay his bills and things only got worse when Uncle Sam came calling to collect unpaid taxes. Two years ago Buck was booted from his Tennessee mansion but it didn’t matter that he was suddenly homeless because a couple months later, he had to turn himself in following a parole violation. G-Unit reunited earlier this year and Buck couldn’t be happier.
Young Buck wasn’t the only rapper tossed out of his home. Chicago rapper Chief Keef has had problems with the law and he thinks that’s why he was kicked out of his Highland Park, IL crib. The landlord claimed he was behind $11,000 in rent but the “Bang Bang” rapper said he was asked to leave for a different reason. “I’m too bad, I guess I’m a bad little young boy, I gotta go,” Chief Keef said.
Ever since the first season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Kim Zolciak has lived an extravagant life with a fabulous roof over her head. But earlier this year, the NFL wife and mother of six was on the verge of being on the streets. Several months after taking out a $300,000 loan to spruce up their Atlanta mansion, they were hit with a tax lien and forced to cough up $12,000 or have their home seized. However, Zolciak dismissed the eviction notice on twitter.
The first season of “Braxton Family Values” ended with Towanda Braxton and her husband Andre being on the outs. The second season opened up with Towanda and her family living with her sister Trina and her family. It turns out in addition to going through marital strife, Towanda and her husband were having money issues and were evicted from their home. They were able to stay with Trina until getting back on their feet and finding a place of their own.
Even though winning “American Idol” changed her life for the better, Fantasia was still going through money issues. Fanny put her North Carolina mansion up for sale but she was asking $500,000 less than what she paid for it. After the low value failed to entice any takers, she signed over the deed to the house to the bank skipping the whole foreclosure process and was promptly asked to leave. In 2009, the “Lose Yourself” singer’s home was in foreclosure but she was able to save it in a last ditch effort.
Amanda Bynes has been in a downward spiral for the past year or so and after having the paparazzi follow her every move in L.A., she made her way to New York City last summer. The former child star started making headlines in the Big Apple for her bizarre behavior. Last fall she was arrested after tossing her bong out of the window of her high-rise apartment. The police were called to her apartment after she was seen rolling and smoking a joint in the lobby. Needless to say she was evicted from the midtown pad.
Scott Storch is the poster boy for what could happen to all of your money with a severe drug addiction. The one-time hit-making producer was raking in millions and millions of dollars but a raging cocaine problem took over his life and he lost it all. Storch was kicked out of his 10-bedroom Miami mansion after falling behind on payments. His gift to Lil Kim, a $300,000 Bentley, was even repossessed after Storch stopped paying the note on that, too. Storch has since cleaned up his act and most recently contributed music to Rick Ross’ last album.
Isaiah Washington was on one of the top-rated shows on primetime television but during an argument with his “Grey’s Anatomy” fellow co-star T.R. Knight, he called him a homophobic slur and he was kicked off of the show. Washington was unable to find work and as a result, he fell $100,000 behind in the rent. He was slapped with a three-day eviction notice and was forced to move his family out of their Los Angeles pad.