Landlords forego rent

Pop star £30,000 in rent arrears evicted from flat

A pop star has been evicted from his London flat owing his landlord more than £30,000 in rent and causing him to have a breakdown. Pete Burns, 55, was the lead singer of Dead or Alive who had a number of hits in the 1980s including You Spin Me Round and Brand New Lover. He appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.

Said to be addicted to plastic surgery, Burns won £450,000 in an out of court settlement in 2009 following botched lip surgery.

He wasn’t at the property when Landlord Action arrived with bailiffs to repossess the property after gaining a possession order from the court. Legal costs bump up the amount Burns owes the landlord to £34,000.

Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action, claimed the landlord had suffered a breakdown due to the stress of Burns not paying the rent and various incidents at the flat.

Yesterday was a bad day for Burns – as well as being evicted, he was also declared bankrupt.

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