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Giants Ace Tim Lincecum Trashed His SF Apartment?

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on October 12, 2011 6:47 AM

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum's landlord, er, ex-landlord, is suing him for $350,000, according to a lawsuit filed last week.

Mindy Freile claims that Lincecum trashed her Mission District apartment before he moved out this past May. She allegedly found the place in ruins, and accuses him of stealing and destroying household items.

That's right--the two-time Cy Young Award winner with a $23 million contract apparently stole linens, kitchenware, furniture, and decorations. He also allegedly broke, stained, defaced, tore and destroyed the apartment itself.

Not that this justifies the destruction of property, but there had been some prior tension between Tim Lincecum and his landlord, reports the Associated Press.

He had overstayed his lease by about 2 1/2 months, and she was trying to evict him. Unfortunately for landlords, San Francisco evictions are incredibly time-consuming and expensive. City laws favor tenants, who often get to stay for months without paying rent.

Lincecum's eviction was also probably more difficult due to the fact that he was in Scottsdale for part of that time. Moreover, when leases end, they tend to switch to a month-to-month term.

If he wasn't properly notified that he had to leave at the end of the lease, then he was probably entitled to stay there for one more month.

As for the $350,000, Tim Lincecum's landlord will likely receive all or part of it if she can show that the damage occurred while he had legal possession of the apartment. Based on the lawsuit alone, it looks like she has such proof.

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