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Whitney Houston's Family Sues for Singer's Belongings Locked Inside Sold Mansion

Estate says real estate company won't let family retrieve piano, valuable paintings, according to report.

Whitney Houston's former home in Mendham, New Jersey. Photo Credit: Zillow
Whitney Houston's former home in Mendham, New Jersey. Photo Credit: Zillow

While her Mendham, New Jersey home was sold earlier this year, Whitney Houston’s estate is now suing the company that commissioned the sale for belongings reportedly owned by the singer that are still locked inside the home.

According to The Daily Mail, Houston’s estate claims CPMG Mendham, the company that made the sale on the family’s behalf, has changed the door locks and chained the front gate. Houston’s sister-in-law, Marion, says she has been denied requests to enter the home, the report said.

A baby grand piano, jukebox, paintings, home furnishings and other items are being sought by the estate, the report said.

The home was listed for $1,499,900 and sold for less than a million dollars in February, the report said.

The home spans 13,000-square-feet and has five bedrooms, four full, and two half bathrooms. Houston married R&B star Bobby Brown at the house in 1992. Property taxes on the home in 2012 were listed at $37,400

Lothar Jones May 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM
The county should buy this home with million of dollars of historic-preservation-tax money and then spend millions more to return the house to its original condition. It could become the Whitney Houston Historic Site - home of possible Whitney Houston ghost sightings.
Rick May 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM
What are they looking for ,Whitney's crack pipe ?
Kristi Simpkins May 15, 2014 at 02:58 AM
Suz, I know about selling & buying homes. I just did both in the past few months. As for this situation it is not obvious, because none of us have seen any contracts. In which would clearly state what stays in this home & what does not. Her family should have the right to any property. Especially if those items were not expected to stay in that home.
suz May 15, 2014 at 07:55 AM
Kristi...I agree. I, as well, have sold two homes in the last 30 years. Usually most (and I use that word lightly) of the contents in the home at the time of the sale are included. Yes, there might of been another arrangement, but from the article, doesn't sound that way to me.
Chuck Ruff May 15, 2014 at 05:47 PM
And where do you get that from the article Suz??? The linked article on the sale of the house says; “The home includes five bedrooms, four full, and two half bathrooms set upon 24 acres of land”. It says nothing about any of the contents being included in the sale. I’ve bought and sold a number of houses throughout the years, and I’ve never seen a real estate contract that includes the contents. The window treatments, the light fixtures, maybe the rugs might be included, but never the furniture, paintings or piano. I don’t know where you’d get the idea that they’d be included in this sale.

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