The murder house from Season 1 of “American Horror Story” is a house of horrors — or at least of legal headaches.
Dr. Ernst R. von Schwarz and Pier Angela Oakenfold, who purchased the Rosenheim Mansion in 2015, are suing its previous owners for failing to disclose that the house was used in Ryan Murphy’s horror series.
The claim was filed against Coldwell Banker agents Stephen John Apelian and Joyce Bowman Rey, who brokered the sale, and Elizabeth Axelrod, who sold the property from Greta von Steinbaur’s estate. Von Schwarz and Oakenfold are seeking damages for breach of contract and “fraudulent concealment” in an amount up to and including $3 million.
“Unbeknownst to the plaintiffs, and not disclosed by Defendants, hundreds of fans of the TV show would come to the property, trespass, attempt to break in, and created a significant nuisance not only for the Seller, but for the neighbors as well,” reads the lawsuit, which was filed Feb. 7 in the Superior Court of California.
The suit also says the defendants failed to disclose damage to the property, including “significant leaks, water intrusion and mold.”
“It is very disappointing when any client involved in a real estate transaction is unhappy. I have no doubt that the truthful facts of this case will resolve this matter in our favor,” Apelian told TheWrap.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.