A man renting the Montville home of Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Melissa and Joe Gorga can stay for 17 more days if he ponies up $25,000 instead of being evicted.
According to nj.com, Judge Thomas Manahan ruled Thursday Kai Patterson could stay slightly more than two weeks if he pays the price, rather than being immediately evicted, as the Gorgas sought to do.
The Gorgas sought to evict Patterson in June after he allegedly failed to pay three months’ worth of rent at a cost totaling $60,000. Patterson signed a lease-to-purchase agreement on the $3.8 million home in August 2013 at a cost of $20,000 per month.
Patterson offered to pay the $25,000, which Manahan accepted, while the Gorgas requested $50,000, the report said.
The Gorga's attorney, Frank Catania, told the court the family is looking to move back to the area after renting a home in Franklin Lakes, and would need to reside in the town so their children can enroll in the school for the upcoming September start, the report said.
When the Gorgas originally listed the home last year, Melissa Gorga said it was time to break away, geographically, from her sister-in-law and "Real Housewives" cast member Teresa Giudice, who lives in nearby Towaco.
Giudice and her husband, Joe, spent much of the last year in and out of the courthouse after being indicted on fraud charges. Teresa Giudice was cleared of any wrongdoing during the spring.
Despite the off-camera antics, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" season six premiered on the Bravo Network on July 13. The trailer leading up to the season showed cast members enduring both court struggles, as one of the Giudice children breaks down about potentially losing her father to serve jail time, and the direction the Gorgas plan to head after selling their Montville home.