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Nuns don't want to sell their estate to Katy Perry

Maryland residents may be interested to learn about a real estate dispute involving pop star Katy Perry. The singer is attempting to purchase an eight-acre estate from the Los Angeles Catholic Archbishop for $14.5 million. However, a group of elderly nuns who lived on the estate for four decades argue that they control the deed. After learning about anti-religious statements that Katy Perry has made, the nuns say that selling to her would violate their canonical vows.

The Los Angeles estate that is at the heart of the real estate dispute was built in 1927 and features 30,000 square feet of living space. Until they were told to leave four years ago, the California Institute of the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary called the estate their home. The sisters purchased the estate in 1971 for $600,000 and paid for its upkeep through investments, donations and property rental fees.

Although the sisters own the deed to the property, the Los Angeles Archdiocese assumed financial support for the order in 1992. Citing the sisters' age and failing health, the archdiocese asked for and was granted permission by the Vatican to control the sale of the convent. According to an 86-year-old sister, the move was simply an effort to gain control over a very valuable property. The sisters want to sell the property to a restaurateur for $15.5 million.

Real estate disputes may arise when there is controversy over who has control over a property. A person who is interested in purchasing a piece of property may want to have an attorney look over the property title to make sure that there are no issues that could complicate the sale.

Source: billboard, "Inside Katy Perry's Real-Estate Soap Opera: Why Nuns and the Catholic Church Are Battling Over Her Dream L.A. Property," Danielle Bacher, Oct. 22, 2015

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