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L.A. Judge Wants Denise Richards To Hash Out Issues With Her Former Landlords Amid Ongoing Court Battle!

Denise Richards has been ordered to try and hash out her issues with her former landlords as part of their nasty court battle.

According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and her husband Aaron Phypers to appear on November 9.

The couple has been ordered to try and mediate their issues with Anthony Ellrod and Christopher Masterson. The case is scheduled for trial on December 6. 

However, the judge is hoping they can resolve the case without having to use the court’s time. The trial is expected to last 4-5 days. 

The news comes after the homeowners, Anthony and Christopher, sued Richards and Phypers last year for allegedly trashing the home and leaving it in need of dramatic repairs. They said she violated numerous terms of their agreement.

The landlords claim the Richards agreed to only allow two pot-bellied pigs and three dogs onto the property. The lease had a clause that said Denise agreed to, “properly use, operate, and safeguard the property, keeping it clean and sanitary, would pay for all damage to the property caused by tenants or pets."

The landlords alleged that the Hollywood actress broke the deal by moving in with a bunch of animals not previously mentioned. Anthony and Christopher accused her of living with “over a half dozen dogs and cats.”

“During their seven-month tenancy the defendants trashed the house and destroyed the landscaping, resulting in over $100,000 in damage,” the suit reads according to Radar Online.

Ellrod and Masterson are demanding $103k in damages. Denise and Aaron deny all allegations of wrongdoing. They claim the home was already a mess when they leased it for a family member.

Meanwhile, Richards states that she kept the home in good condition and there were no actual damages to the property. She countersued the landlord accusing him of leaking her private information in exhibits attached to his lawsuit.

Denise is seeking unspecified damages for her alleged pain and suffering. Now, Denise and Aaron have filed to dismiss all claims against them in the lawsuit brought by the landlords.

They are demanding the fraud claims be thrown out because the landlords have failed to show any evidence of alleged fraud. The couple says the landlords are currently claiming the property value has diminished by $400,000. Denise says this could have been prevented by making the necessary repairs.

Further, she says the invoice submitted by the landlords showed work being charged twice. She says the true value of the alleged repair work should be $32,445, not $100k.

Denise and Aaron claim they weren’t allowed to do their own inspection or be present at the landlord’s inspection of the property. They want all claims dismissed and only their case to move forward. The judge recently set the trial date for December 6.

Meanwhile, a source close to Denise told Radar Online, “Denise rented this place out for a short period of time for a family member. It was in a state of disrepair to begin with, but now the present owners, who are two lawyers, are having trouble selling it — and it is also across the street from a residential treatment program.”


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