We've all done that thing where we love a song so much we listen to it over and over ... and over and over again. For most of us, it's a guilty pleasure, a secret kept between ourselves and our personal music devices, private from the judgement of public ears. But not for Gavin Townroe. The renter made his love for the Spice Girls -- specifically their 1998 hit, "Viva Forever" -- so public that he was evicted from his home.
The 33-year-old played the song so frequently and so loudly that neighbors in his apartment building in Nottingham, England (Digby Court, pictured at left) would allegedly have to leave their homes. The song would even be blasted by Townroe at such ungodly hours that it caused a neighbor to be "signed off sick from work" due to lack of sleep, Britain's Daily Mail reports.
"Friday, Saturday, you don't mind, but seven days a week is very difficult to deal with," neighbor Salah Alsayed was quoted by the newspaper as saying. "Sometimes it would happen at seven, eight o'clock in the morning. I don't mind the Spice Girls but not at that time in the morning!"
The noise was so disruptive that Townroe was slapped with an anti-social behavior order by Nottingham police. In October 2012, Townroe breached that order and was given a six-week suspended jail term after a court heard that he breached the order.
Only this month has Nottingham City Council succeeded in evicting Townroe from his home -- paired with a hefty 913 pound fine (about $1,500). Hasta manana? Not for this tenant!
Townroe's not the only tenant to be evicted recently for reasons other than skipping rental payments. Retha Scott was recently evicted for accidentally burning her food in her apartment, an incident that deemed her a "danger to other tenants." (The 75-year-old fell asleep while the meal was cooking on the stove.) Carol "Chay" Burdick was evicted from her apartment after constructing a giant pyramid of Peeps marshmallow candies in her doorway for Easter. And in a case similar to Townroe's, a British couple was threatened with eviction last year because of complaints that their 2-year-old was noisy.
Evictions That Will Shock You
Gavin Townroe, Spice Girls Fan, Evicted for Blasting 'Viva Forever' on Repeat
A 75-year-old woman reportedly received an eviction notice from her senior housing complex in New Jersey because she hung American flags from the banister of her balcony. The housing authority said that there's a provision in tenants' leases prohibiting anything from being hung from balconies for safety reasons.
"I understand that's their rules, but I'm still sticking to my Constitutional rights," said Dawn Paulus. Read more.
A Brooklyn landlord who claimed that her tenant hadn't paid rent for a few months was trying to evict him, but her case was caught up in the court system. So in the meantime, she tried something else to get him to leave: shame him.
On the front of the building where the tenant was living, the landlord mounted a sign that read: "My tenant Fred Gallipoli didn't pay his rent for three (3) months, almost (4) months!!" Read more.
When Capt. Michael Clauer returned home from active duty in Iraq, he discovered that his Texas house didn't belong to him anymore. His homeowners association foreclosed on his home because his family was late on their $800 fees.
To make matters worse, the HOA sold the $300,000 home for only $3,500 to a bidder who then flipped the house to another buyer. Read more.
A 60-year-old woman was evicted from her apartment when she decorated her doorway for Easter -- with a giant pyramid made of Peeps marshmallow candies. Her landlord said the display was blocking common areas -- a violation of the woman's lease -- and she was asked to remove it. She didn't.
The case went to court, but a jury went against the evicted woman and determined that she owed a lot of money because of the incident. Read more.
On her 98th birthday, Mary Kantorowski got a big surprise from her eldest son, Peter. But it wasn't a present -- it was an eviction notice. Peter Kantorowski, 71, who owned Mary's home, said his mother would be better off living in a nursing home. He explained that he worried about her safety and security, and is simply looking out for his mother's best interests.
"I don't like the way she's living over there," he said. "I'm not throwing her out on the street. At her age, at 98, I'm sure that she should be with people of her peers." Read more.
Evicting a 63-year-old from her home wouldn't normally require an entire SWAT team to assist -- but in this case, it did. Occupy Denver protesters were surrounding Sahara Donahue's Idaho Springs, Colo., home when officials showed up to evict her. It was reported that one of the protesters had a concealed weapon, and the SWAT team was brought in. What ensued was chaos. Read more.
When is a foreclosure eviction not an eviction? Easy answer: When the person you're trying to evict doesn't live there.
Angela Martinez of Providence, R.I., was helping her 20-year-old autistic son out of the house when officials barged in with a foreclosure notice and started packing up their things. But Martinez wasn't the person they were looking for. She was renting the home from New York-based landlord Pedro Pena. He was the guy they were after. Read more.
A woman who lived at a public housing complex in the Bronx borough of New York City took it upon herself to mount security cameras in her building. The neighborhood was known for crime, and the woman said she just wanted to protect her family. But the housing authority issued her an eviction notice, saying she breached her lease agreement by installing the cameras.
"There has been all over the news people getting robbed -- burglaries," said the woman, who only identified herself as Rebecca. "I need to provide safety for my family." Read more.
A 101-year-old woman in Detroit was evicted from the home she lived in for nearly 60 years -- all because her 65-year-old son failed to pay the mortgage.
Everything that Texana Hollis and her son owned ended up in dumpsters as the devastated woman was ushered out of her home. Her son, Warren, said he ignored repeated late notices and eviction warnings, and he kept it from his mother because "I didn't want to worry her. ... I was just so sure it wasn't going to happen." Read more.
A British couple was told by the property manager of their rental that they were going to be evicted because of a neighbor's complaints that their 2-year-old daughter was too loud. Nicola Baylis and Tim Richold said that their child was just, well, acting like one, crying and playing with toys.
"I can't believe we're going to be made homeless because of a toddler," Baylis said. "She's just being a toddler and has no idea how loud she's being." Read more.
One day Rita James of Atlanta started receiving notices that she owed a company five years of back rent on the home she owned. Unbeknownst to her, the county auctioned off her home to a creditor to make up for a tax bill that went unpaid for 18 years -- but the bill wasn't even hers.
James landed in court, where she discovered that when she threw away a tax bill sent to her address -- but in someone else's name -- it tipped off a long saga that nearly ended in her being forced out of her home. Read more.
Good Samaritans' compassion saved 103-year-old Vita Lee from being evicted from her Atlanta home of more than five decades. Lee and her 83-year-old daughter were scheduled to be evicted, but when sheriff's deputies showed up to carry out the task, they couldn't go through with it.
A community activist said that Lee had been battling Deutsche Bank, her lender, for years, looking for a way to able to stay in her home. Read more.
Jim and Danielle Earl, and their nine children, were foreclosed on and forced out of their home in Simi Valley, Calif. But in the same week that the home's new owners were expected to move in, they hired a locksmith to open the doors, and they moved back in.
The couple said they worried about their ability to find another home that would suit the needs of their large family, which is why they returned to the home they were kicked out of. But their lawyer also said that they were foreclosed on illegally. Read more.
The National Consumer Law Center found in a recent report that because of outdated state and local laws, people were losing their homes over as little as $400. Local governments can seize and sell a home if the owner falls behind on property taxes and fees, and sometimes those unpaid feed were only $400. Read more.