Evictions can be less about not having money, and more about biting off more than you can chew. Kenya Moore, Fantasia, and Soulja Boy are three of the high profile evictions you’ve heard about, and there are dozens of examples of the rich and famous trying to live above and beyond what they can pay for. These aren’t reality show evictions either – these are ‘actually real’. You may have a mansion, but you’re not going to keep it very long if you can’t figure out how to pay for it. There are a few other reasons landlords might be in it to win it against celebs as well, so some stories go a little deeper than money.
Looking for Attention
In some eviction cases, either the landlord or the tenant might just be looking for attention. Often with celebrities, just selling a story to a publication might be worth more than trying to get the money from the actor/musician/socialite themselves. And, if the celebrity is looking for a way back into the spotlight, a down and dirty expose about bad money management may just do the trick. All news is good news when it comes to publicity, right?
Understanding the Law
To understand how the eviction process works, first look into the legal aspects of it. There are lots of great, simple and effective resources for you to look into in order to get a grip on the basics. Be sure to look into federal law, state law, and community law in respective cases though, because there can be differences. Some of these differences are subtle changes in wording or time frames, but others can be far more drastic, especially when it comes to matters of businesses licensing and zoning laws.
Taxes, Taxes, Taxes
Celebrities don’t do their own taxes, right? Which means someone else is doing them. Which means someone else can screw up, bad. How many cases have your heard of where celebrities go bankrupt because of tax evasion? From bankruptcy may come eviction, and all because the right people didn’t get hired to do the books. You’d think promoters and publishers would have a good screening process for the money people, but it sure seems like that’s not always the case. Money can seem to have a strange effect on some people though. They more they have, the less they want to see any portion of it disappear.
There’s a strange relativism when it comes to being a celebrity sometimes – they have so much more than some people, but they don’t know how to handle it. They could buy a nice place and live in luxury with the money they have, or they could buy a castle, and get kicked out of it later!