The Gorga’s Tenant Will Not Be Evicted – Judge Orders New Court Date

Posted on Aug 6 2014 - 11:24am by Editor

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The Gorga’s tenant from hell scored another victory in court yesterday, August 5th.

Stars of the “Real Housewives of New JerseyJoe and Melissa Gorga faced another hiccup in their ongoing court battle with their tenant, Kai Patterson, yesterday.

Things didn’t go well for the reality TV couple when the judge refused to evict their tenant from hell, Kai Patterson. The Gorga’s have been trying to evict Kai Patterson for nonpayment of rent for months now.

The RHONJ stars, claim 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 5 months in arrears. According to court documents, Patterson’s rent check bounced in April, then he failed to pay rent in May and June.

Yesterday, Superior Court Judge Stephen Taylor departed from a previous ruling that found Patterson in default on the lease. Basically the judge ruled, the matter should have been heard in open court. The judge’s decision was based on the fact that in landlord-tenant matters where there’s an option to buy a leased property, a judgment for possession by default shall not be entered “without proof in open court.”

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“This is not a standard landlord-tenant issue,” Judge Taylor said of the case Tuesday. This is probable because Joe Gorga, filed the matter pro se (without an attorney’s assistance) initially. Gorga is currently represented by attorney Frank Catania.

Patterson’s attorney, Richard Koppenaal said the outcome of the day’s proceedings was “excellent.”

Patterson has said his dispute with the Bravo channel stars arose because they failed to make promised repairs on the mansion, after he paid $25,000 for repairs “in lieu of a security deposit.” Patterson has cited numerous problems with the house, including plumbing and heating issues, a leaking ceiling and beavers living in crawl spaces.

The Gorga’s attorney, Catania said: 

“Patterson was creating a smokescreen for the court. I would have liked a different outcome. I would have liked it if (the judge) evicted him. Mr. Patterson is trying to create a smokescreen for the court and to elude his personal obligations.”

According to Patterson’s attorney, his client has paid a total of $35,000, including $10,000 in rent for August, which has been held by the court in escrow. Meanwhile, the attorney for the Gorga’s is claiming, Patterson owes the reality couple $165,000.

Additionally, Patterson’s attorney maintains that the complaint against Patterson was “defective” since Patterson’s company, Bounty Alert, is listed as the tenant on the lease not him. The Gorga’s lawsuit is against Patterson. Also, the complaint failed to list, Melissa Gorga, as a landlord even though she’s named in the lease.

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The judge agreed with Patterson’s attorney, stating that in landlord-tenant cases the “proper tenants” need to be named in the complaint. The judge then allowed the Gorga’s attorney to make a motion to amend his client’s complaint to include Melissa Gorga as a landlord on the property and Bounty Alert as the tenant.

As of current, Kai Patterson gets to remain in the Gorga’s Montville mansion until the judge rules otherwise. The next court date is scheduled for August 15th. Stay tuned for updates as the battle rages on.

 

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  • Michael

    Hmmm. Looks like Karma is coming back on Teresa, and the Gorgas are standing too close to her and are getting a little of the over-spray.

  • WestCoastFeed

    At least there is not a long delay on getting this settled and it should be over soon.

    • Michael

      The August 15th date is just until the judge can get ahold of Bravo/Andy to find out when they’ll be filming the next season. Then He’ll set the real date, probably around Christmas time 😉

      • Bwahahaha!!!!!! You probably right.

    • I have a feeling this case will someone get dragged out even further.

      • KJ

        Did u get my mail?

        • Ok, thanks. I’m working at the moment but will check and respond this evening.

    • Jennymckitty

      I hope they have a good lawyer. Kai is good at this. He is going to drag this out as long as humanly possible.

  • WestCoastFeed

    ROL is running a story claiming that the Gorgas are giving up their lease on the Bentley since it is too expensive and will drive a Mercedes instead. However Melissa has tweeted that she owns the Bentley and that is parked in her garage.

    • I don’t believe they own a 250k car. Most people that drive Bentley’s lease them.

    • Vince Foster, Jr.

      Melissa said she sold her house at list price. Melissa said on WWHL that she didn’t meet Joe until after she graduated then contradicted herself and said she got engaged on her graduation date. Melissa said that her book was well received. Do I detect a liar?

      • Hey Vince! 🙂
        So in other words, Melissa lies. LOL!
        Thanks for pointing out all her descrespanies. It’s hard to keep track.

      • Babson_Chick

        Melissa can’t keep her “stories” straight!! They’re both full of it.

  • WestCoastFeed

    Lauren tweeted this selfie of herself modelling this dress that she carries in her shop. She is looking wonderful.

    http://i.instagram.com/p/rVJGD1rptf/

  • WestCoastFeed

    Melissa is in the Bahamas for a photoshoot

    http://instagram.com/p/rXycNcJC5T/

    • RealitytvJunkie

      She looks beautiful in this pic.

  • Babson_Chick

    Not surprised to hear that repairs needed to be made. Joe should have gotten a lawyer in the first place.