New York: Courtney Love won’t be evicted from her rented West Village townhouse.
She has won a court battle against her landlord who claimed she set the house on fire, “ruined” its designer decor and fell behind on the rent.
Donna Lyon, the owner of the historic West 10th Street house, went to court to kick out the Hole rocker, who’s been renting the landmarked four-story building for 11 months at 27,000 dollars a month.
Last June, Love scorched her hands after a candle set a curtain on fire in the master bedroom, but the property suffered little damage. But Lyon claimed Love, 47, damaged the 19th- century residence, altered its designer interior by painting and papering over hand-finished walls and owed over 50,000 dollars rent.
However, pictures of the pristine-looking place were posted online, showing Love’s furniture and art collection, including works by Damien Hirst and Francis Bacon. And yesterday, Love learned her motion to toss the case was granted by a Manhattan housing court judge.
Love’s lawyer, Eric Sherman, successfully argued that the suit was wrongly filed because Love was current on her rent. “We’ve always said that the claims were baseless because the landlord was unfairly seeking future rent. I’m really pleased for Courtney. She deserves this win,” Sherman has told a daily.
“The issue of the renovations was not the subject of this lawsuit. This was only about payment of rent, and we were able to establish that she was up to date,” Sherman said.
Despite the victory, sources say Love will leave the address when her lease expires Feb. 14 and move to a downtown apartment. But Lyon’s lawyer, Norman Flitt, said it wasn’t over yet.
“The alteration dispute was not part of the rent case and remains unresolved,” he said.