DETROIT – The star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict Rescue” returned to Detroit for the first time since winning a court battle over a vacant home.
“I chose to fight the Detroit Land Bank on this because I knew I had the financial means to do so,” Curtis said. “And I knew that it would take a team of attorneys to literally and figuratively fight city hall.”
Curtis had been in a tug-of-war with Detroit and the Landbank over the house she had purchased for $17,000.
“The person who sold her this home was a Detroiter. That Detroiter sold this home to her in an arms length transaction,” said attorney Jim Rasor. “Nicole had no idea that the city, that the Landbank was claiming an interest.”
The Detroit Landbank Authority claimed they also had ownership of the home, so Curtis hired a team of attorneys and went to court. Wayne County Judge Tim Kenny ruled in Curtis’ favor, saying her renovation group had recorded a title to the property before the Land Bank did.
Kenny told Curtis to complete the renovation and reduce the risk to the public.
Curtis said she will continue with her plans for the home, but she’s not finished with the Land Bank.
“I’m calling for complete reform of the Detroit Land Bank from the top all the way through,” Curtis said.
The Detroit Land Bank Authority released the following statement:
Curtis is holding a public open house Sunday. She said she wants people to see what it looks like before she finishes renovations.
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