Kai Patterson continued to fight an eviction proceeding Tuesday which would toss him out of Joe Gorga’s Montville home. Despite Patterson’s claims that the home is infested with beavers, he seems to intend on squatting despite multiple complaints about habitability of the home. Because, $20,000 a month for a home with beavers in the walls and plumbing issues in East Egypt, New Jersey is a great deal! And one dude living with an elderly (step?) father really need a shit ton of square footage and a motorcourt.
If you have been following the story, Joe and Kai have been going at each other in court and Kai has sent Tamaratattles.com numerous emails documenting all of the issues. It’s been pretty hysterical. The court proceeding have been confounded by the lease to purchase aspect of the potential sale. It seems the judge can’t decide to try the case under lease law or property sale law. But on Tuesday, we seem to be back to square one and focused on law regarding tenant/landlord law.
According to www.nj.com
Superior Court Judge Stephen Taylor in Morristown reminded Gorga and his three attorneys that “the only issue in the complaint is the failure to pay rent,” so the eviction should hinge only on rent and not the purchase.
Gorga, Patterson and two realtors testified today and the trial is expected to conclude on Wednesday with closing arguments from attorneys.
Also at issue is the “habitability” of the house when Patterson withheld rent payments on grounds that Gorga was not making promised repairs.
Frank Catania, another Gorga lawyer, said that of the $50,000 due in rent from April through August, Patterson has paid $35,000, so $15,000 remains due for rent, in addition to the September rent and late fees of 5 percent per month.
Jonathan Korn, Gorga’s newest attorney, produced documentation showing the property has been registered as a rental, something that hadn’t been done before the last hearing on Aug. 15, so the case was finally able to proceed.
Patterson contracted for a $20,000-per-month agreement, including $10,000 for rent and $10,000 for the purchase, although that figure was to increase to $40,000 per month this month — $20,000 each for rent and purchase.
Patterson acknowledged in court today that he couldn’t cover the $1 million deposit he listed in papers when he agreed to the lease-purchase, but said that was because his businesses were “restructuring.” He said he had the money by an October occupancy date but delayed moving in because he wanted to renegotiate “terms and conditions.”
Gorga said that when Patterson moved in on Feb. 28, he paid $35,000 toward the purchase of the property, compared with a deposit that was supposed to have been $200,000.
The $35,000 payment, a hotly debated topic all day, actually included $10,000 as rent and another $25,000 toward the purchase of the property that was supposed to pay for repairs, according to Patterson, contending the rent has now been paid in full.
All sides agreed there was nothing in writing that could confirm what the $35,000 was intended for.
“My family and I are suffering,” Gorga said, noting he must pay $20,000 per month for his own mortgage and taxes on the property while also paying rent on a home in Franklin Lakes. In June, the Gorgas announced they wanted to move back into the house so their three children could return to the Montville schools.
More testimony and a ruling on eviction by the judge is expected to happen later today. Story developing.
I hope the beavers testify. They would be the most credible witnesses.