June 16, 2024


Interior spice

Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis of HGTV is suing to save this Detroit house

Detroit — Peeling paint, plywood boards and piles of soot and debris fill the interior of an Islandview home that’s pitting a popular television star against Detroit’s land bank.

Nicole Curtis of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict Rescue” sued the Detroit Land Bank Authority this month and is arguing the authority took advantage of her when it took the deed to a 1908 foursquare. Curtis’ Detroit Renovations LLC paid a private owner $17,000 for the house on East Grand Boulevard in 2017. The next year, Curtis learned that the land bank actually held the property title.

Curtis said she’s invested $60,000 into insuring the house, paying off back taxes and keeping it maintained and secure, and the land bank stands to “directly benefit from years of labor, expertise, and money” that Curtis put in.