“I Don’t Wanna Know” Singer Accused Of Owing $47,000 In Unpaid Rent For Luxe Manse
The landlord who is suing former Bad Boy singer Mario Winans and his wife for nearly $50,000 in unpaid rent on their New Jersey mansion wants the couple punished for their refusal to respond to the case.
Premier Developers LLC sued Winans and his wife Joy Ant for breach of contract, unjust enrichment and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing for the rent debt, which the landlord said totaled $47,461, according to court papers.
According to Premier Developer’s complaint, the Winans agreed to rent its Fort Lee, NJ mansion for $8,500 a month in 2009. The company said that the Winans OK’d rental increases to $9,200 in 2010 and $11,000 a month in 2013. But following the last rent increase, the landlord said that the rent payments started coming late – if at all – and were usually less than the agreed upon amounts. For example, in March 2013, the Winans paid just $5,050 instead of the $11,000.
When the Winans’ once again fell behind on their rent in January 2015, the landlord evicted them, according to the landlord’s complaint.
But in court papers filed last week, Premier Developer said Winans and his wife have never responded to the lawsuit – even though they were served six months ago – according to the documents, which were obtained by BOSSIP. The landlord wants Winans put into default and a judge to force him to pay the back rent in full.
The Winans’ rental boasted five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms in nearly 5,000 square feet of living space right outside of New York City. The home sold for $1.49 million not too long after the Winans family’s eviction.
The former “Bad Boy” singer has struggled with money problems in recent years; cops arrested him in 2017 for not paying nearly $200,000 in child support for a son he fathered outside of his marriage, and last year, federal prosecutors accused him of dodging his restitution payments after he didnt pay income taxes for four years.