Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch to be auctioned off
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Financial Title Company, the trustee of his Santa Barbara County, California, home and amusement park, has foreclosed on the property. They notified Jackson of the foreclosure and sale on Monday. Jackson had only just recently paid an overdue property tax bill of $600,000.
The court filing, addressed to Jackson, says, "You are in default of a deed of trust ... Unless you take action to protect your property it may be sold at a public sale." Fox News published the filing.
The foreclosure includes the ranch and all possessions on the property, inside or out.
The foreclosure auction will take place in front of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Barbara. Jackson has until then to pay $24,525,906.61 he owes the title company.
In 2006, Jackson refinanced previous loans that had been bought up by Fortress Investment Group. The $300-million loan was secured with the aid of Sony Music Entertainment. However, the Neverland property was not part of that deal.
Jackson has not lived at Neverland since June 30, 2005, when he moved to Bahrain after a rape charge and subsequent acquittal.
- Dan Whitcomb. "Michael Jackson faces forced sale of Neverland" — , February 26, 2008
- "Michael Jackson Sees Neverland Ranch Foreclosed, Auction Date Set" — , February 26, 2008
- Roger Friedman. "Michael Jackson's Neverland Foreclosed; Auction Date Set" — , February 26, 2008
- Nicola Pittam. "Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch foreclosed" — , February 26, 2008