What ever happened to Yahoo Serious? The tragic demise of the Australian movie star is revealed when he is struggling and pays no rent for five months
- Yahoo Serious was one of Australia’s largest cash registers in the 1980s
- Now he’s struggling to make ends meet and hasn’t paid rent for five months
- He has to pay his landlords $ 15,000 and leave his home in Sydney
Australian film star Yahoo Serious has been through tough times and will be evicted from his Sydney home after not paying rent for five months, court documents show.
Serious was briefly one of the country’s biggest box office attractions in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
However, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal has ordered him to pay his landlords $ 15,000 and leave his rented three-bedroom home in Avalon Beach.
Australian movie star Yahoo Serious (pictured in Young Einstein -1986) has been through tough times and will be evicted from his Sydney home after not paying rent for five months
Serious (pictured with wife Lulu in 2006) became famous after writing and directing and playing Young Einstein in 1988, as well as the 1993 film Reckless Kelly
The landlords, Tanya and Andrew Barlow, wanted their housing lease terminated after Serious was more than $ 27,500 in rent arrears.
The 66-year-old and his production company Serious Productions Pty Ltd started renting the property in March 2017 for $ 1350 a week.
The tribunal found that he was late in payments in November 2019 and had not paid any money since February 25 of this year.
Serious argued that his income was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, like most who work in the artistic and creative industries.
“The pandemic that transformed the film industry into home entertainment has affected the project the first tenant was working on,” the tribunal said in its judgment Thursday.
However, bank statements filed during the proceedings provided no evidence that he had any income prior to the global coronavirus pandemic.
“The tenants say their income was already compromised in March, but the simple fact is that the Tribunal has no evidence of pre-pandemic income for the tenants,” the tribunal said.
The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal has ordered Serious (shown in Young Einstein) to pay its landlords $ 15,000 and vacate its three-bedroom rental in Avalon Beach
Under changes to the housing rental law, which has been enacted to protect people whose livelihoods have been compromised by the coronavirus, tenants can apply to renegotiate rents and are covered by a moratorium on evictions.
However, they are only eligible if they can prove that their income has been cut by 25 percent or more.
Serious signed up to stay in the property and pay rent arrears with the promise that he could catch up on payments at the end of December.
However, he was instructed to return the keys on August 13 and pay an occupancy rate of $ 192 per day until then.
Became seriously known after writing, directing and starring in Young Einstein in 1988, as well as the 1993 movie Reckless Kelly.
However, the only other work attributed to him in the IMDB movie database is Mr Accident from 2000.
When asked if he had applied for rent assistance, Serious said he had gone to Centrelink and was advised to apply for retirement pension when he was about to turn 67.
Serious argued that his income was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, like most who work in the artistic and creative industries