The house in the original American Horror Story is being haunted by fans and the new owners are going to court with the previous ones claiming they were never told the mansion would be overrun by adoring and intrusive tourists.
Time reports the new owners, Ernst Von Schwarz and Angela Oakenfold, say the crowds of fans who scale the walls and trespass on the property are what prompted them to file the lawsuit. They say had they known the popularity of the lot beforehand they may not have purchased it.
Known as the Rosenheim Mansion, the location for Ryan Murphy’s first season of the FX hit American Horror Story, has become as recognizable as the Psycho or Amityville house, so much so the new owners have to deal with privacy breeches on a daily basis.
“We have had several break-ins,” Oakenfold said. “We have had on three or four occasions just in the last year, had to call the police.”
Fans have become so bold, they’ve even rented industrial equipment to get a better vantage point, one curious teenager’s bright idea sticks out.
“He put them in the crane and elevated it. And I’m in the bathroom and I look out the window and there are teenage girls screaming at me,” Oakenfold said.
As for doing research on the property before they purchased it, Von Schwartz says they did that too.
“We Googled the house of course like everybody else would. But if you Google the house you find a lot of movies have been filmed here…. Lastly the ‘American Horror Story,’ which I have never seen, you had never seen,” he said regarding his wife.
The new residents claim the former owners along with the realtor never informed them of the crowds and therefore they are entitled to damages. If they win, that money would go toward building a more secure perimeter.
The realtor is confident the couple will lose, “I have no doubt that the truthful facts of this case will resolve this matter in our favor.”
But the homeowners say the constant harassment is taking away from the enjoyment they should be feeling in their new home and they should be reimbursed.
“We feel like they cheated us,” Oakenfold said.
Von Schwarz adds, “We want to live here of course. But it is very difficult because we don’t feel safe.”
According to the law, if the seller or realtor knew of any problems about the property beforehand, they did have a legal obligation to disclose that.