Giants star pitcher Tim Lincecum was thrown a curveball this week when a former landlord filed a lawsuit alleging The Freak failed to pay rent and damaged the furnished condo he occupied for nearly a year in the Mission district, according to court documents.
The complaint, filed Wednesday, states Lincecum “broke, stained, defaced, tore, injured or destroyed” some of the property, and failed to vacate the premises in a timely manner, pay rent on time and leave the place clean.
His former landlord, Mindy Freile, is saying he caused $200,000 in damage. She is seeking $350,000 for repairs, fees and emotional stress.
Freile’s attorney, Jonathan Bornstein, said there has been no contact with the Lincecum camp, but they hope the issue will be resolved.
“It’s a simple issue,” he said. “I don’t know what happened in there. It may even be someone else’s fault.”
Lincecum’s Los Angeles-based agent declined a request for comment.
The condo, located at 141 Hampshire St., is one of four units on a short block hidden behind the Potrero Hill Safeway.
Neighbors declined to comment.
Lincecum, 27, signed a lease in May 2010 to rent the northernmost unit, which shares a perimeter with an industrial chain-link fence and has unobstructed views of downtown. The lease was scheduled to end Feb. 28, according to Bornstein, but Lincecum failed to vacate then.
Bornstein said the disagreement between Freile and Lincecum was over the amount he would pay Freile to remain through May.
“She had served him a couple of notices to pay rent or quit, and ultimately worked out an agreement to for him to be out by a date,” Bornstein said.
He said Freile had no issues with Lincecum paying rent before the February lease-end date.
The lawsuit also alleges Lincecum took items from the furnished home, but Bornstein would not specify what was missing.
According to the real estate website Zillow, the 2,790-square-foot unit is worth roughly $1.09 million and rent is estimated at $4,800 a month. The property has not yet been re-rented since Lincecum left, according to Bornstein.
The Giants’ ace pitcher, who made $13 million for the 2011 season, purchased a $1.56 million condo in Seattle after the Giants’ World Series win last year.
Lincecum is not the only Giants player who has had a run-in with a landlord. In 2010, then-Giant Juan Uribe was sued for damage to the apartment he rented across from AT&T Park that resulted from a late-night grease fire.