Remember that 1990 thriller Pacific Heights, where tenant and landlord fought til the bitter end? That's basically what happened in real life, but not in Pac Heights, but in another uppity area called Marin.
You see, a software entrepreneur was renting this $2 million dollar Tuscan McMansion for $10,000/mo. But within 6 months, he couldn't make payments, so he offered some profit sharing with landlord in lieu of 1/2 the rent. (that sounds like a ding dong idea, but whatever).
A nasty disagreement between the 2 launched a protracted ugly public fight (Check out all the files at Marin County. These people were out to destroy each other!). Judge sided eventually with landlord, and that's when things got suspect! The day of the tenant eviction, the house gets incinerated! Things that make you go Hmmmm!