Val Kilmer just learned a hard lesson about being a tenant ... because a judge just socked him hard for making what the actor felt were "improvements" on his Malibu rental.
As we reported ... Kilmer sued his landlord, claiming he made drastic improvements on the crib by painting the fireplace and slapping wallpaper on the wooden cabinets in the kitchen.
Problem is ... the lease required the landlord's prior approval, and Val didn't get it.
When Kilmer moved out, the landlord returned only around $16K of the $23,500 security deposit ... withholding around $7,400 for undoing Val's handiwork.
The judge just laid down the law ... saying the landlord was indeed allowed to withhold money but he got greedy. The judge allowed the landlord to keep a little more than $5K but return $2,210.
So note to Val: Get your landlord's approval before doing it again ... and don't wallpaper over wooden cabinets -- it's gross.
Terrorizing Malibu ...
With Front Yard Horror Show!
10/30/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
James Cameron's known for sinking millions into big budget action films or sinking ships -- but now he's jumping into the horror game with a sick Halloween display ... worthy of his Malibu mansion.
No 'Avatar' blue creatures, or 'Aliens' monsters -- instead Mr. Terminator went with more traditional macabre scenes. But check out the gallery ... his ghouls, ghosts, and cemetery will put most to shame.
Sadly, JC passed on paying homage to the first feature film he ever directed -- the 1981 cult classic "Piranha II: The Spawning."
C'mon, James ... flying piranhas in Malibu would've been awesome.
'Breaking Bad' Star Bob Odenkirk
You Want A Real Estate Lesson?
Better Call Saul
10/28/2014 9:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bob Odenkirk made a career playing a guy who protected drug kingpins and their money on "Breaking Bad" ... and now he's ready to cash in legitimately in real life.
The actor who played Walter White's shady lawyer Saul Goodman on BB just listed his home for $2.5 million ... not bad, because he bought it in '98 for $675K.
The single-level house is in the same exclusive Oaks area of Los Feliz -- home to celebs like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Zac Efron, Jon Hamm, Alexander Skarsgard and Naya Rivera.
It vaguely resembles the Heisenberg's digs from the outside.
And one more celeb connection. Bob listed the house with real estate guru Sharona Alperin -- she's the inspiration for "My Sharona."
Bruce & Kris Jenner
Kris Can Have All 8 Bathrooms
10/27/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bruce Jenner may have snagged Kris Jenner's best friend ... but he's giving up something probably way more valuable.
Bruce signed documents -- obtained by TMZ -- giving up his share of their Hidden Hills house to Kris in their divorce property settlement.
They bought the 6 bedroom, 8 bathroom pad in 2010 for $4 million and it's gone way up in value.
Bruce is now ensconced in a bachelor pad in Malibu.
As we previously reported ... Bruce recently started hooking up with Kris' friend and neighbor, Ronda Kamihira.
Building Manager Says
Crack Pipe Found After Fire
10/26/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ashley Greene's apartment that burned to a crisp last year had one remnant ... a crack pipe, according to a sworn statement by the building manager.
TMZ broke the story ... Ashley, her boyfriend and her brother were all sleeping in the unit when a fire broke out after a burning candle ignited some nearby fabric. All 3 fled, but one of her dogs died.
The fire did extensive damage to a number of units and a number of tenants/owners are suing the "Twilight" star.
The manager, Adrian Mayorga, is also suing, claiming he suffered permanent respiratory damage. According to his sworn deposition -- obtained by TMZ -- Mayorga says one of the men who cleared out the unit after the fire told him he found a glass crack pipe.
Mayorga said, he was the first person in the hallway after the blaze broke out and says he saw Ashley and the others "disoriented ... they looked like they were drunk or under the influence of something."
Mayorga also says in the depo ... "The only people I saw getting treated was Ashley Greene, her brother Joe Green, and her -- the current boyfriend, Ryan Phillippe."
Sources connected to the case tell TMZ ... Phillippe submitted a sworn declaration to Greene's lawyer this week, saying not only was he not in the apartment the night of the fire ... he has never been in her unit at that building.
We contacted Greene's people but did not get a response.
All I Wanna Do Is Dump This House
... For a Profit [Photos]
10/24/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It took Sheryl Crow 2 years and 4 price reductions to get it done ... but the singer/songwriter just scored a sweet $2.6 million profit on her Hollywood Hills compound.
Sheryl was finally able to find a buyer to take her estate for a cool $11 million ... even though she initially listed it in 2012 at just under $16 mil.
The 10+ acre spread actually has 3 full houses on it, with a main house and 2 guest houses for a total of 11 bedrooms. The place even has its own campsite, tepee, palapa, and a bridge connecting the homes.
Sheryl bought the Hollywood compound for $8.4 mil way back in 1998, so she ultimately pocketed a nice chunk o' change ... which will do her good.
Misguided Actor Sues Landlord
In Small Claims Court
10/23/2014 12:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Val Kilmer clearly doesn't watch "The People's Court" or "Judge Judy" ... because he's about to learn a hard lesson about tenants doing home improvements.
Val was in Van Nuys small claims court Thursday ... battling his landlord over $6,000 that was withheld from his security deposit when he moved out of his Malibu rental.
The landlord claims Val made unauthorized improvements on the beach house. But Val just told the judge the landlord should give him his money back along with a big THANK YOU. The actor claims he materially improved the pad by putting some sort of wallpaper on the wooden cabinets and painted the fireplace.
The landlord doesn't like what Val did at all ... and submitted scores of pics to prove his point.
Fact is, it doesn't matter. According to the testimony ... there's a lease that says a tenant can ONLY modify the rental with the landlord's prior written approval, and apparently that didn't happen.
Val's security deposit totaled $23,500 and the landlord returned all but $7,400. The judge took the case under submission, which means in a few days Val will get a letter ... and we're guessing it won't be good news.
Out in a Flash
10/23/2014 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lawrence has a hard time eating out ... and if you have any doubt, watch this video of her leaving Ago on Wednesday night.
None of the photogs got to ask her what she thought of rumored BF Chris Martin getting tenderly stroked by Gwyneth the night before at a Brentwood restaurant.
Wherever she was going ... she'll be changing directions soon. She reportedly just dropped $7 mil on Jessica Simpson's former Bev Hills pad.
Billy Corgan, Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart
Settle RAGING Tree Dispute
10/21/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Billy Corgan, Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart -- 3 big stars -- just settled a 2-year dispute on the brink of a full-blown trial ... over 4 trees.
The neighborhood feud ignited in 2012 when a gigantic eucalyptus tree on the property of the Smashing Pumpkins singer fell onto Dane's property, causing enormous damage. The insurance companies settled the property damage issues, but the feud roared on.
We're told Dane and Gayheart wanted the trees trimmed or taken down, but Corgan wouldn't budge. The lawsuit says Corgan showed no remorse ... and that pissed them off.
The trial was set to begin Monday in L.A. County Superior Court ... big stars fighting over big trees. But we've learned brinkmanship ended with a settlement last week, when Corgan agreed to cut the trees down to the stump.
So now Corgan can't complain to Dane and Gayheart, "You Ca-lipped my trees."
Drops $24 MILLION in Malibu
10/17/2014 1:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lady Gaga is a first-time California homeowner ... but she's not starting small. TMZ has learned she just bought a massive $24 million Malibu compound.
Real estate sources tell us ... the house sits on 6 acres. It has the usual for rich people ... lots of bedrooms and bathrooms, his and her walk-in closets, a pool, gym, wine cellar. But it also has a custom safe room and 2 lane bowling alley, bocce ball court and an 8-horse stable.
The seller was Dan Romanelli, the founder of the Warner Bros. Worldwide Consumer Products Division ... which makes us here at TMZ feel grossly underpaid -- they own us.
The deal was sealed by The Agency, a high-end real estate firm. The guys who made the dough -- Mauricio Umansky (hubby of Kyle Richards) and Santiago Arana ... they repped both sides.
Hey Tiger ...
Keep YOUR Balls Out of Here!
10/17/2014 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The mega-mansion Elin Nordegren built with her $100 million Tiger Woods Fund includes a gigantic screw you to her ex -- a mini golf course and putting green ... where he will NOT be practicing his short game.
It's not enough that Elin's 21,000 sq. ft custom crib has 9 bedrooms, a home theater, and a huge swimming pool -- her front yard is a perfectly manicured green with multiple practice holes ... AND two bunkers!
Ballsy message on Elin's part. But we doubt Tiger's sweating it ... he's never had a problem finding holes to play.
MLB Star Barry Zito
Rent My Giant S.F. Mansion
... $25k Per Month!
10/14/2014 7:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He once signed a $126 MILLION contract ... but former MLB pitcher Barry Zito could still use a few extra bucks -- which is why he's trying to rent out his S.F. mansion for $25k per month.
The ex-San Francisco Giants hurler has listed his 2-acre estate in Marin County, CA to rent or buy ... the latter will run you about $9 million.
The place is pretty sweet -- 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a wine cellar, pool, outside fire-place with seating area, a guest house ... and privacy, privacy, PRIVACY!!!
The former Cy Young winner bought the place in 2007 for $8.8 mil ... but clearly, he's over it.
Zito's also selling another mansion he owns in the Hollywood Hills.
No word on where he plans to live now ... but it's probably somewhere nice.
Landlord Gets Court Order
You Don't Live Here No More
10/14/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex "Scandal" star Columbus Short is a real loser -- lost his job, lost his wife ... and now he's lost his home too.
Short had been renting a place outside L.A. ... in the Valley ... for $6,995/month, but his landlord gave him the heave-ho once he fell about a month behind on the rent.
The landlord must have been aware of Short's recent track record, because he got a court order giving Short 5 days to get the hell out. Turned out to be unnecessary though ... since Columbus bolted on his own. The landlord tells us he's not sure if the actor paid back rent before leaving.
But hey, any exit Columbus makes these days without a fight ... is a good one.