There has been a lot going on with Chateau Sheree since I took my mental health vacation from blogging over the holidays. Thank goodness AJC reporter Rodney Ho seems to never take a day off and he is on it. As someone who has spent a lot of time in court with Sheree Whitfield, and never lost a case, I am sort of dying to go watch all of these cases play out. The sheer delusions of Sheree Whitfield and the way she says the most ludicrous things on the stand presenting them as fact is a sight to behold. Sheree really seems to love taking people to court. She took her divorce from Bob all the way to the supreme court and end doing so, ended up owning a large portion of her settlement to divorce attorneys who eventually had to sue her to get their payment. Sheree really is one of the most fascinating creatures on RHOA, unfortunately what we see on that show is more of her delusions presented as fact. The reality is, Sheree’s lack of intelligence combined with a lack of understanding of the law mixed with a healthy dose of self entitlement causes her a lot of unnecessary problems. Bless her heart.
This Chateau Sheree debacle is going to be her financial undoing. Let’s look at the latest problems. According to AJC’s Rodney Ho, On December 17, 2015 a company called Stop Loss sued Sheree Whitfield for $15,450 and asked for $23,000 after late fees and other charges. First of all, you should know that Stop Loss is an emergency response team who arrives on disaster sites to help stop whatever disaster is occurring, outline a restoration plan, and work with your insurance company. This already sounds bad.
Apparently, disaster struck back in January of 2014 during a hard freeze. Now most of us know, when it is freezing to protect our pipes. I remember going out to wrap the exterior faucets on the ghetto shack and letting my faucets drip to avoid broken pipes. If you have an unoccupied home with no electricity you need to take major steps to protect your investment. This costs money. If you don’t have, or don’t like spending money on basic expenses and prefer instead to say, buy fancy cars and store them in storage units ( completely random example) then the pipes will burst causing extensive, and expensive damage.
According to the story the way Rodney Ho is telling it, the pipes burst, and because the property was not being worked on or supervised at that time one of the much beleaguered neighbors saw, “the water flowing over the balconies.” The lawsuit does not mention how long the water was allowed to flow before action was taken by Sheree. So the water flowed down from the balconies (there are many interior balconies in the home that overlook the main floor) and cause major damage to he house. That is when the emergency response team, StopLoss arrived. They don’t so much fix all the issues as stop the damage from continuing and make assessments and recommendations. So Sheree didn’t pay them the $15,450 they were owed according to their lawsuit, and they are seeking late fees and interest.
So on January 11, 2016, Sheree decides to sue her insurance company for $279,940.56. The lawsuit claims a few things that I find amusing, first that the house is 15,000 square feet and that is was 85% complete. Recently on WWHL, Andy asked Sheree the square footage and she said she didn’t know and guessed that it was 10,000 square feet Secondly, a home is not 85% complete with no flooring, no electrical, no water, no kitchen cabinets, etc. The exterior doesn’t even appear to be 85% complete. But facts have never deterred Sheree from suing someone. So ahead she goes with her lawsuit.
Here is the meat of the lawsuit, from Rodney’s story:
Whitfield hired Russ Hart, a public insurance adjuster, on Feb. 18, who raised the issue of mold, the lawsuit stated. The defendant disputed the issue of mold and the two sides argued over how much it would cost to bring the home back to its original condition. Each side hired its own appraiser and a third-party “umpire,” who was supposed to help them reach an equitable and fair agreement.
But Whitfield said the “umpire” was not impartial, favoring the insurance company’s appraisal. She believes she is owed nearly $280,000. As a result of the flooding, several contractors (HVAC, electrical and framing were cited) would no longer warranty their work, resulting in a reduction of value of the home, the lawsuit said.
So to review, an unbiased third party has already made a ruling, the insurance company has likely paid, you know Sheree cashed that check as soon as it arrived, and the deed is done. But now, a year after the event, Sheree needs money for floors or something (ALLGEDLY) and so she is going to sue. Now you and I know that things don’t work that way, but this is Sheree we are talking about here. I am amazed she found a lawyer to take her case. Lawyers in the Atlanta area talk, and Sheree’s habit of not paying her attorneys is well known. (You definitely want to click that link) I hope this guy got paid upfront.
The suit that Sheree herself brought claims that there was extensive water damage to more than half of the structure. This makes it all the more hilarious that she was so concerned with Moore Manor having a mold problem. Moore Manor was stripped down to the studs. Apparently, Chateau Sheree had a subterranean swimming pool for quite some time, just sitting there collecting mold. It would seem this would be a construction issue one would want to keep quiet and not take to the public courtroom. But this is how Sheree rolls.
Sheree’s really big problems arose when the warranty on her HVAC, plumbing and framing of the house were no longer validated by the contractors. It seems to me that the framing is a huge issue. I don’t see a certificate of occupancy for this structure coming for YEARS at this point. It would seem it is past time for Sheree to cut her losses. Her part-time role on RHOA is not going to begin to cover this.
Sheree is in a big ole mess with this project. With extensive water damage she is basically starting over. Rodney Ho was at the property in December and said there was work going on at the time. He also took a new photo of the property with two notable additions. First, they have a port-a-potty now which probably means the plumbing is not fixed. And secondly, Sheree has put in a new driveway with a pretty stone accent. That Sheree, always focused on pretty on the outside!
In the meantime, Sheree will have to keep on renting!
Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal Constitution was the first to break this story. Please check out his article(s) here.