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Ricki Lake Slapped With Lawsuit After Burning Down Malibu Beach Home

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Not good!!

Ricki Lake has been slapped with one hell of lawsuit, which claims that was responsible for burning down a Malibu beach house she was renting in 2010, and if she loses, she could be out millions of dollars!

According to legal documents, filed Monday in El Lay County Superior Court by the home's owner, Hovsep Kousouyan, Lake was re-filling a portable space heater with very flammable heating oil, when some of it spilled onto heating coals, causing them to burst into flames.

The fire did significant damage to the property, and when emergency personnel arrived at the scene, Lake admitted complete fault.

Kousouyan now claims that the home is completely destroyed, and wants her to pay for all the damages, which, as we mentioned, could rack up in the millions.


Obviously, it wasn't intentional, but yeah - if she signed a contract to rent this place, then we're sure she's legally obligated to fork over some serious dollah dollah bills!

Time to get on that, gurl!

We know it sucks, but it definitely seems to be your responsibility!

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23 comments to “Ricki Lake Slapped With Lawsuit After Burning Down Malibu Beach Home”

  1. 1

    Actually, i think you've got this one wrong… I think the guys a money grubbing idiot. It is the OWNERS responsibility to carry homeowners coverage that protects the property, the building etc. The renter could opt for a renter's policy that would cover only the contents but as she was not the owner she could not have insured the entire property. If the owner failed to carry such coverage he was a negligent moron at best. I can't imagine any right thinking property owner NOT carrying such coverage. That said, what she did was an ACCIDENT (if it's true that she is at fault) and may perhaps be required to cover the cost of the deductible if he asked for it but certainly not the total cost of the repairs/replacement of the home. That's just stupid. No one would ever rent under those conditions and the insurance law does not provide an option for a renter of a property to insure the building itself. Just sayin'

  2. 2

    I don't think so!!!!!! Has the owner ever heard of Homeowner's Insurance? That's what it's for!

  3. 3

    Middle-aged, fat, divorced woman + kerosene heater in a rental home = welfare mom!

  4. dtm83 says – reply to this


    its called insurance perez, i know ppl in the states dont know much about it especially since u guys dont understand how to give everyone medical insurance. but when u are renter u have contents insurance and when u own a house u have insurance especially on fire.

  5. 5

    Re: mommaliss – You are exactly correct.

  6. 6

    The home owner should have insurance covering it. Insurance should be on the property and it was an accident not intentional. She lost her own property if she didn't have renters insurance but the homeowner is liable for homeowners insurance not Ricki.

  7. 7

    When I rented I took out renters insurance not home owners insurance. Seems the owner of the house should have had home insurance to protect himself. Interesting case as it looks like Ricki had accidently burned the house to the ground. Wonder if a judge could actually hold Ricki responsible for the loss and make her pay for the loss? Inquiring minds want to know.

  8. Jai says – reply to this


    The home's owner is responsible to carry insurance on the structure, renters are only responsible for insuring their personal property contained in the structure.

  9. 9

    God. Now Perez thinks he's judge, jury and executioner. Show us your law degree Perez, you tool. Shouldn't this actually be an insurance company battle? The owner wouldn't be suing her at all if he didn't know she was a celebrity/rich.

  10. 10

    Doesn't the home owner have insurance??? DUHHHHHHHH

  11. 11

    Re: mommaliss – your mostly correct. A Homeowner who rents his property should have a Fire Dwelling Policy. A homeowners policy doesn't cover the property if the property is not owner-occupied in some way. Fire is always covered under the Dwelling Policy and Homeowner's policy. Even the owner thought she was responsible, her own policy (renter's insurance) would pay the claim under the liability section, but that is VERY rare! Either this guy didn't have a Dwelling policy or he had a homeowner's policy and they refused to pay because the house wasn't owner occupied and he didn't inform the company (which happens alot).

  12. ohboy says – reply to this


    Re: mommaliss – That's exactly what I was thinking! If he wasn't carrying sufficient (or any) homeowner's insurance, 1) that's his own damn fault and 2) a judge will laugh his ass right out of the courthouse.

  13. 13

    INSURANCE covers this and if the HOME OWNER didn't have insurance - then he's an idiot… it was an accident, Ricki is not responsible to pay.

  14. 14

    @Athena0619 - but if the owner failed to notify their insurance carrier and didn't carry the right kind of policy that still wouldn't fall on Ricki to indemnify the owner as far as I can see right?

  15. 15

    she lives in california…why does she need a portable heater? She's Ricki Lake…can't she afford HEAT?

  16. 16

    thats what house insurance is for
    u dont have to pay if ur renting except for contents of ur own

  17. 17

    that name is just odd

  18. 18

    Re: mommaliss – totally agree with you!

  19. 19

    Re: dtm83 – I love how you think Perez writes all these articles, and I also love how you think Perez somehow represents what most people are like in America.

  20. 20

    I believe that even though you have homeowners insurance you have to inform the insurance company that it is not owner occupied and that you have rented out the property. If he didn't tell the insurance company they could refuse to pay the claim. She shouldn't be responsible for his dwelling so this story is false. Is this site getting to be more like the National Enquirer with all the bull shit stories or is it just me????

  21. Otter says – reply to this


    Perez — you really are that stupid aren't you? Wow.

  22. 22

    Re: mommaliss – Totally agree. It was an accident. The owner should have house insurance and Ricki should have renter's insurance. Something is amiss here. I call it greed!

  23. 23

    It is called renters insurance. I would think that she would have had that. Who in their right mind would rent a home in Malibu and not have renters insurance.