Taylor Swift doesn’t stiff.
Page Six reports that the singer has emerged triumphant in a lawsuit filed against her by a New York City real estate broker, who claimed she didn’t pay him the $1.08 million commission on the purchase of her Lower Manhattan townhouse. Taylor’s defense was that she never signed a contract with the broker.
According to Page Six, the broker showed a rep for Taylor the property in February of 2017. Taylor bought it eight months later for $18 million, but the broker didn’t get any money for the deal.
The broker’s firm sued, but on Thursday, a judge threw out the suit, agreeing with Taylor’s argument that the broker didn’t have “any formal agreement” with the singer, and that there was no “enforceable contract.”
The judge noted that an “informal email” from the broker about showing the property to Taylor’s rep wasn’t enough to prove the broker’s involvement.
According to the judge, the email lacked, “most, if not all, of the material terms of a real estate brokerage agreement, including the scope and duration of the relationship and the fee.”
The townhouse is located on a street in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, and Taylor already owns three apartments on the same street, reports Page Six.
The townhouse abuts the building which contains those three apartments, and Page Six speculates that Taylor bought it because, unlike the apartments, it has a “paparazzi-proof garage.”
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