The Gorga’s Tenant Escapes Eviction Again! Case Update

Posted on Aug 2 2014 - 4:41pm by Editor


Landlord tenant disputes are never easy and Melissa and Joe Gorga are learning this first hand in their ongoing legal battle with their deadbeat tenant, Kai Patterson

The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars, claims they rented Kai Patterson their Montville, NJ home for $20,ooo a month in a rent-to-buy arrangement for the $3.8 million purchase price. Their tenant is currently 4 months in arrears. According to court docs, Patterson’s rent check bounced in April, then he failed to pay rent in May and June.

The Gorga’s tenant from hell scored a victory in court yesterday (August 1). Kai Patterson was scheduled to be evicted on Sunday, August 3, however, Judge Stephen Taylor delayed Patterson’s lockout for two more days, pushing it out to Tuesday, August 5.

Kai Patterson - Joe Gorga

According to Patterson’s attorney, Richard Koppenaal, the judge’s ruling will allow Patterson more time to follow up on his “motion to reconsider” his default on the lease. Judge Taylor scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, August 5, at that time Patterson may file a motion to dismiss the eviction.

As we reported, Joe Gorga was in court on July 17 attempting to have Kai Patterson evicted immediately for nonpayment of rent. The Gorga’s claimed, Patterson owes them $80,000 in back rent. On July 17, the judge permitted Patterson to remain in the residence for the next 17 days and ordered him to pay the couple $25,000. 


According to Koppenaal, his client paid the RHONJ couple, $10,000 rent for the month of August. Paterson’s position is, the $10,000 is the actual rent amount and the additional $10,000 goes toward the purchase of the home, under an amended lease agreement.

Additionally, Koppenaal maintains that the complaint against Patterson should be dismissed since Patterson’s company, Bounty Alert, is listed as the tenant on the lease not him. The Gorga’s lawsuit is against Patterson.

This case seems to be dragging on forever and I’m confident a resolution won’t be reached on Tuesday. Such trials and tribulations might drive Melissa and Joe Gorga out of the rental business forever.


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  • WestCoastFeed

    It’s pretty hard to muster up any sympathy for the Gorgas on this one. This is Kai Patterson’s second attempt to stiff a landlord. They should have researched his background before they signed the lease-purchase agreement. The other landlord lost over $400K before he was able to get the guy kicked out of his property. What numbskulls!

    • Marsbars09

      True dat!

    • Kai only rented it with intentions to scam. why else would someone agree to 3.8 million on a dump? my townhouse is way better built and much higher quality amenities that Gorga’s McDump imo come on no shower doors, faucets broke, garbage and debris everywhere, foundation construction deformities. = defective home

  • MorningYawn

    They need to sue his as$ for attorneys fees as well. What a jerk.

  • Marsbars09

    Joe and Mel are proving they have no business savvy from the “arrangement” they have with Kai.
    Were any written agreements drawn up on what Kai needed to do to stay in the mansion or buy it?
    This is sounding more like a con conning cons with each passing day.

    • WestCoastFeed

      Oh, yes. Lease-purchase plans have pretty standard agreement forms.

    • BANK HAD TO APPROVE LEASE and bank only approved as long as it was a rent to own, contract for deed lease, it was banks last resort as Gorgas were on verge of foreclosure.

      • Vince Foster, Jr.

        A couple of things bother me. First of all, their mortgage probably required that the Melissa and Joe personally occupy the house. They may have breached their mortgage when the tenant moved in. Also, why would the bank approve a lease/purchase agreement? They would have probably demanded a straight sale.

        If they had financial issues, how could they get financing for the new house? Maybe that fell through?

        Also, why does Joe brag that he invested millions in the new business. Who is he trying to impress? Does he think that we believe him?

        Who is going to buy this house now?

      • preciouscarol

        So dose that mean this gives this guy the go ahead to move in with out paying rent What’s wrong with this pictures?? What a $!#!/ to do this.

  • WestCoastFeed

    Bravo will be running a First Look tomorrow morning at 11. And will be airing the Melbourne Housewives at 12. Funny times to be airing both of them. Simon van Kempen says that Bravo only draws around 300K at those hours on Sunday.

    • Those are odd times. People go to church and brunch on Sundays.

  • Harleygirl0685

    This is totally off topic but does anyone besides me think it’s really fk’d up that these 2 opened a business that destroys government documents considering his sisters legal battles, or was he just joking and it went totally over my head, which wouldn’t surprise me these days

    • Hi HarleyGirl! 🙂

      • Harleygirl0685

        Hi girlfriend! Happy Sunday!

    • nan/4

      No Harleygirl. You’re not alone. It was the very first thing that I thought of too!!!! 😉

      • Harleygirl0685

        Ok good! This show just gets crazier by the week!


    • nan/4

      I actually bought this stuff, and it really works!!!! No kidding!

  • cait

    They want to get a P.I. and put together a record of this guy’s historical scams, get witnesses to back this up, then get his bony little ass out on the sidewalk ! SORTED !

    • preciouscarol

      This guy needs to get out of there house. This makes me mad that this a##can stay and not pay rent. What’s wrong with this judge he needs a guy like this in one of his house to rent and see how he feels.WHATS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURES……

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