The rules of residence make it clear that children and relatives can only stay in the Harperley Hall property if their parents are there with them, but in legal papers filed in April (16), Madonna claimed the guidelines were put in place in 2014, years after she signed the lease.

Madonna wants to have the home alone rule voided and have clearance for her team of housekeepers and nannies to live there with her kids in her absence, as she often has to travel for her career.

However, boardmembers are hitting back, insisting the Material Girl hitmaker should be bound by the rules, just like everyone else.

Responding to the claim, defence lawyer Patrick Sweeney argues Madonna cannot "credibly claim she was treated any differently from every other shareholder," and alleges the singer waited too long to sue, according to the New York Post.

He is asking the Manhattan judge overseeing the case to throw out the dispute.

Madonna purchased the pad in 2008 and is mum to teenagers Rocco and Lourdes, and adopted kids David Banda and Mercy James, both 10.

The case continues.