Muhammad Ali sues former owners of his Louisville home
LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) – Muhammad Ali's latest bout is with the couple from whom he bought his Louisville home. The former champ has decided to sue them.
Ali and his wife claim their house has all sorts of problems, and they say they weren't told about them when they purchased it.
When Ali bought this mansion in 2006, it marked the return of the boxing legend to the city of his youth, but the happy homecoming proved to be short-lived. In a lawsuit filed this week, Ali and his wife Yolanda claim they soon discovered all sorts of problems: roof and chimney leaks, poor insulation, improper ventilation and mold.
They are now suing Patrick and Beverly Lancaster for an undisclosed amount in damages. The couple not only lived in the home, but they helped build it. Patrick Lancaster runs Lancaster Built Homes.
In a statement, Lancaster's attorney says his client "was totally surprised by the lawsuit filed on behalf of the Ali's...There are no serious defects with the home. The house is a ten-year-old home. A normal Greater Louisville Association of Realtors contract was used for the sale, and the purchasers had every opportunity to have the home inspected at the time."
Furthermore, the attorney says that Mr. Lancaster has already been working with Yolanda Ali to address her problems with the house. But according to the lawsuit, which accuses the Lancasters of breach of contract and fraud, it's too little too late.
The Alis also claim they've had problems with the deck, the patio and the main water line. Their attorney declined to comment for this story.
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