The owners of a four-bedroom loft in New York City are suing their former tenants – basketball star Paul Piece and his wife – for damages and back rent totaling $425,000.
The New York Post
reported this week that the landlords, who rented the property to the Pierces and their three children for $30,000 a month when Pierce was playing for the Brooklyn Nets, claim the property was left in a “shambles” and “horrendous condition.”
According to the Post
, the lawsuit alleges that the Pierces replaced wooden floors with pink carpet, removed a stone fireplace hearth and damaged radiator covers, kitchen tiles and a shower head.
Also, when Pierce made the move from the Brooklyn Nets to the Washington Wizards, he just moved out of the Tribeca apartment, despite the fact that he had signed a two-year lease.
The lesson here? It may seem glamourous to landlords to have a celebrity tenant, but keep in mind they can be just as badly behaved as the rest of us.
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Many investors, particularly sports fans, would be thrilled to have an NBA star as a tenant – but not this landlord.