STRAIT – The HGTV “Rehab Addict Rescue” star has won a dispute with Detroit over the ownership of a ruined house.
Nicole Curtis said she spent at least $ 60,000 to start repairing the house after buying it from a couple for $ 17,000. But the Detroit Land Bank Authority took a step forward and said it was the true legal owner.
Wayne County Judge Tim Kenny ruled in Curtis’ favor, saying his home improvement group had registered title to the property before Land Bank did, the Detroit News reported on Friday.
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Kenny told Curtis to complete the renovation and reduce the risk to the public.
Curtis’ Detroit Renovations LLC was apparently unaware that the house had returned to Land Bank control after previous owners failed to fix it.
Mayor Mike Duggan said Curtis was “scammed” by people who did not legally own the property. But after the court ruling, the mayor called her to congratulate her.
“As far as we are concerned, the issue is resolved,” said Duggan spokesman John Roach.
Curtis’ attorney declined to comment. The newspaper said Curtis intended to spend $ 500,000 to revive the property.
The Land Bank “considers the matter resolved,” spokeswoman Alyssa Strickland said. “Our goal for this property has always been to see it renovated and returned to productive use.”
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