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‘Real Housewives’ Stars Stiffed $60K in Rent Checks From Montville Home Tenant

Melissa and Joe Gorga looking to evict tenant who signed lease-to-purchase contract.

‘Real Housewives’ Stars Stiffed $60K in Rent Checks From Montville Home Tenant

Co-stars of Bravo network’s hit reality series Real Housewives of New Jersey, Melissa and Joe Gorga, have lost tens of thousands of dollars in lease payments on their home and are looking to evict the current tenant.

The dailyrecord.com reported that  the Gorgas are seeking an eviction of Kai Patterson, 54, who has been living in the couple’s 13,500-square-foot Montville home.

Joe Gorga had previously filed a landlord/tenant complaint against Patterson, saying he did not pay the $20,000 monthly rent since March. Patterson did not pay rent in May or June, and his April rent check bounced, the report said.

Sale of the home and the high-end housing market in New Jersey was a topic of discussion on the reality show in July 2013, when Melissa Gorga asked her real estate agent, Jerry Sahlman, why the home wasn't getting any bites at its list price of $3.8 million.

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"The reason is $3.8 million is not a small sum of money and the upper-end economy is a much slimmer market than it used to be," Sahlman said during the episode.

Patterson and Gorga struck a long-term lease-purchase agreement in August 2013.

Melissa Gorga said when the house was listed for sale, the family was mainly looking to move because of how close it had become with family member Teresa Giudice, also a cast member of Real Housewives of New Jersey. The relationship between the families had become strained, Gorga said.

The Gorga's planned on building a new home in Franklin Lakes when they listed the Montville home.

Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe, were indicted last year on charges  they defrauded lenders, illegally obtained mortgages and hid assets and income during a bankruptcy proceeding. In May, a Bergen County judge dismissed all charges against Teresa Giudice, saying she had no role in the alleged crimes.

Read more about the tenant complaint here. 

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