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Azealia Banks Slams Her Landlord For 'Intimidation' In Eviction Countersuit

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By Afouda Bamidele on July 8, 2024 at 8:05 AM EDT

Azealia Banks is not backing down in her latest legal drama against her landlord and a third party.

The singer-songwriter recently made waves after her landlord, a man named Isis, filed an eviction lawsuit against her. However, the "212" hitmaker clapped back with a countersuit full of harassment claims.

Azealia Banks is no stranger to controversy, often making headlines for her public feuds and legal troubles.

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Azealia Banks Accuses Landlord Of Harassment And More Crimes

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Weeks after Isis filed an eviction lawsuit against Banks, she refuted his claims in a heated countersuit. She named her landlord and a third party as the root of her problems while denying all allegations of wrongdoing.

Banks' countersuit read, "Defendant has complied with all controlling terms of the Parties' Lease Agreement, including the timely payment of rent." On the other hand, she claimed the plaintiffs did not abide by the rules.

The rapper explained that Isis and a third party owned the 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 3,088-square-foot home in Palmetto Bay, Florida. However, she signed a one-year lease for the property in January 2023, with an agreed $7,050 monthly rent.

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Banks alleged she paid $14,600 as a security deposit; unfortunately, it only cued the beginning of her problems. In the documents obtained by In Touch, she accused the landlord of subjecting her to "physical intimidation and abusive, profane, or threatening language."

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Banks Details Multiple Instances Of Alleged Harassment

The singer-songwriter didn't hold back in her countersuit, detailing several instances of the plaintiffs' alleged "egregious conduct and harassment."

She accused the landlord of failing to perform maintenance tasks on time and intentionally interfering with her right to privacy.

Isis allegedly disturbed her with unnecessary inspections too often and at highly inconvenient times. He contacted frequently at odd hours that constituted harassment, reaching out to her before 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The landlord would also demand rent prematurely and then refuse to accept or otherwise acknowledge proper payment of rent. The situation worsened, per Banks' recollection, with Isis allowing a third party to "enter the property without just cause of proper notice."

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This individual, on Isis' orders, was allowed to "go through" the musician's personal belongings "under the guise of an inspection and to enter an area of the property entirely unrelated to the inspection in order to videotape [her] undergarments, including her lingerie."

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The Singer Accused Her Landlord Of Threats

Besides the harassment claims, Banks alleged her landlord attempted to keep her in line with threats of financial injury. She claimed he would intimidate her withthreatsofpublicizing their dispute to the media.

Banks also noted that Isis blamed her for a rodent infestation in the attic. However, he allegedly received "notice from several repairmen regarding the source of the infestation stemming from an opening in the property's roof."

She stressed the landlord did not maintain the property and failed to repair "the access point in the attic causing the rodent infestation." As for her demands, Banks implored the Court to return her security deposit and attorney fees.

The 33-year-old noted that Isis was supposed to provide her with a new lease after their one-year agreement ended, but he failed to do so. Instead, he slammed her with an eviction lawsuit.

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Inside The Eviction Lawsuit Against Banks

In the eviction lawsuit, Banks’ landlord claimed she owned his property under an oral lease agreement. He accused her of owning $8,000 in overdue rent and implored the Court for permission to evict her from the Florida home.

Following the singer's countersuit, Isis demanded the court dismiss her response to his eviction lawsuit on July 2. He implored the law to allow him to take possession of the home; however, a judge has yet to rule.

Banks’ eviction drama comes five years after she was slammed with a credit card debt lawsuit in 2019. According to the legal documents obtained by The Blast, the 33-year-old was accused of refusing to pay an over $100K bill since 2016.

City National Bank Accuses Azealia Banks Of Debt

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In the court documents, a New York process server claimed they tracked Banks to her New York City apartment on April 5, 2019. There, they served a woman who initially confirmed her last name was Banks with the lawsuit.

However, upon seeing the legal filing, the woman allegedly changed her tune and claimed she wasn't Banks. The credit card debt case came to light in 2017 after the City National Bank filed its case against the singer.

It accused Banks of taking out two credit cards with it before she stopped making payments in 2016. Following failed attempts to get its money, it implored the Court to intervene and reclaim the unpaid balance of $137,000 plus interest.

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