Courtney Love may be evicted from her New York home after she painted the walls and set it on fire.

The Hole singer has been renting a $27,000 a month townhouse on West 10th Street for 10 months, and owner Donna Lyon has now gone to court claiming she owes $54,000 in rent and has altered its interior design by painting over hand finished walls.

Donna, who is based in Chicago and purchased the $8 million property last year, claims it is part of the lease agreement no change is made to the interior, and she has been horrified to see "ice-blue" paint and "damask wallpaper" has been put up.

She told the New York Post newspaper: "It was decorated by the previous owner, interior designer Steven Gambrel. One of the requirements of the lease is that nothing should be done to the interiors.

"Courtney has wallpapered and painted a large portion of the property without my consent. I learned about this when I wanted to sell the house and had photographs taken. They sent me the brochure and I said, 'This can't be my property.'

"I came to New York to see it and I was horrified by what she had done. The walls that had been hand-painted and glazed were ruined, covered in damask wallpaper and ice-blue paint."

Courtney also set light to curtain in the master bedroom, causing Donna concern about the home, which was built in 1827.

She said: "I got a call from her accountant, who said, 'Miss Love is fine,' which I was glad to hear, but I thought, 'What about the house?'"

A court date to discuss the claim at Manhattan's civil court has been set for December 21.