Talk about a [tag-self]landlord[/tag-self]/tenant horror story. The [tag-tec]Anna Nicole Smith[/tag-tec] Saga continues…
That landlord is still fighting to get Anna’s “people” out of the house in the Bahamas, even though she has been lying in the Fort Lauderdale Morgue for a week now.
The Bahamian house in question called “Horizons” is a little over the top for my taste, tacky statues around the pool and all, but it is still worth quite a bit on paper-almost $1 million to be practically exact.
Here’s a brief rundown from a frustrated landlord’s perspective.
“The house was a gift,” so says [tag-ice]Howard K. Stern[/tag-ice], Anna’s live-in lawyer.
Yeah, right. Landlords give properties away to [tag-cat]tenants[/tag-cat] all the time.
Let’s suppose Stern is right. The house was a nice present, given in good will. Did some sort of card or papers come with it? Did Stern not get that in writing? Hard to believe a lawyer such as himself would let such a major detail go unnoticed for a house gift of almost $1 million.
So what actually happened?
The landlord, G. Ben Thompson, claims he bought the property as a favor to Anna. However, he expected her to sign a [tag-cat]mortgage[/tag-cat] to buy the house from him. That was their verbal understanding.
But Anna did not pay him anything for the house, according to Thompson. So he’s been trying to evict her ever since October 20, 2006. That’s when he sent the first letter warning her of a possible eviction.
We’ve lost count on how many times the locks have been changed back and forth at Horizons. Last count- at least twice and we’re currently waiting for Round 3.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court in the Bahamas was supposed to hear the dispute between Anna and Stern and the landlord on Feb.26th. How often does a simple eviction go all the way to the Supreme Court in U.S.?
Squatting is still [tag-cat]squatting[/tag-cat]
“Right now Howard is extremely angry that somebody had the gall to break into Anna’s residence,” Stern’s spokesman, Ron Gale said.
For those of us who have dealt with [tag-self]deadbeats[/tag-self],that attitude certainly sounds familiar. Never mind who’s been paying mortgage and taxes. They still think it’s theirs. So Stern is still there, and the landlord still can not gain entry to repossess it.
But there’s much more than an eviction involved here. Stern must prove he( or is it the baby) owns Horizons because you have to own your own home in order to seek legal status in the Bahamas.
This case is getting so interesting you can almost tune into the latest developments hourly on just about any cable station. As always, the people who will come out on top are the lawyers. So far everyone involved has a local Bahamian lawyer. Business is certainly booming for them.