Elvis Home Soon to be Accessible to Public
A decision by a superior court judge has finally ended the dispute over the Elvis Presley home in Palm Springs making it eventually accessible to fans once more.Photo: Video by kmir6.com
PALM SPRINGS - A decision by a superior court judge has finally ended the dispute over the Elvis Presley home in Palm Springs making it eventually accessible to fans once more. Reno Fontana and his wife bought the Elvis home back in 2003 with help from investors. Now, two investors later and several bankruptcy’s under his belt, Fontana was evicted from the house in January. "They filed seven bankruptcy’s from 2006 till now. They virtually lived here for ten years paying little to no money,” says spokesperson for the PR company Scio Media Pamela Berry.
Michael Rubin is the attorney that won the case which essentially keeps Fontana off the property for good. "It was a one year loan. They were supposed to pay him back and give them a return on their investment. In the meantime, they were supposed to be making payments and they weren't able to refinance despite my client giving them extensions on time,” says Rubin. His client Randy Raicevic is the second investor that helped Fontana stay in the house for ten years--- a decision he regrets. "He knows he didn’t put any money into this deal, he never had money. He says he's strong and that he can get money to pay me off and that never happened,” says Raicevic.
Minus the financial troubles, Berry says there was also issues with the neighbors. "Failed to get his permits for his parties, he was failing to let the neighbors know about the large events he was planning and he would bring big tour busses up this narrow road,” says Berry.
Now that Raicevic has sole ownership, he plans to renovate it to look like it did when Elvis lived there. The property isn’t in the best shape aesthetically on the inside so a little love and care needs to be done. Something Raicevic’s attorney says he plans to do. "It would be a shame not to open it to the public because this is where Elvis lived. It’s such a great part of history." Owners tell me they hope to have it open to the public as early as October. Rubin says Reno Fontana has threatened to appeal the court’s decision.