Sitcom star at center of landlord dispute in St. Pete

December 2nd, 2010 by Staff

St. Petersburg, Florida– A St. Petersburg family claims their landlord refuses to give up more than $1,000 of their money.

They contacted 10 News for help and turns out the landlord is Bill Kirchenbauer, an actor and comedian, who once starred on the sitcom, “Just the 10 of us.”

10 News also obtained profanity filled voicemails and emails he left the family.

Lisa Potts says she lived at a home on 29th Avenue North for two years.

Towards the end of that time, though, she says the relationship with her landlord turned heated.

When she and her husband moved out in October, they expected to get their $1400 deposit back.

Under Florida law, the landlord has 30 days to pay it, or give written notice why he’s keeping the cash.

Potts says Kirchenbauer didn’t do either one.

“He says he doesn’t live in Florida, these rules don’t apply to him,” Potts explained.

She also says there’s nothing funny about voicemail left on her cell phone.

In it, he is heard using several expletives.

Potts says he also sent her emails that included things like “you are just a whiney, moody, obsessive shrew,” as well as “go **** yourself.”

“I think the fact that he’s a celebrity makes him think that he can get away with things that he can’t,” Potts explained.

Kirchenbauer, who lives in Texas, declined an interview, but he did give 10 News emails he sent to Potts.

In one, he says to her “you were a good tenant up until the last several months of the lease. You are the one who has been breaking the lease and I, therefore, do not believe that I owe you anything.”

Potts says she’s willing to take him to small court to collect the money.

Kirchenbauer says he offered to return less than the full $1400, but the tenants refused.

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