HGTV's Nicole Curtis Wins Fight Against Detroit Land Bank

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Photo credit: HGTV
Photo credit: HGTV

On Thursday, Nicole Curtis's years-long dispute with the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) over a home's deed finally came to an end. A judge awarded the rundown house located on Detroit's East Grand Blvd to the HGTV star. Curtis had sued the DLBA in March after it had taken the deed to this house—a house that she had purchased in 2017 and had been maintaining and paying taxes on since. The Rehab Addict host argued that she was entitled to ownership of this property, as she believed she owned it—or should at least be compensated for the money she's invested into it.

Wayne Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Kenny noted in the ruling that the DLBA was awarded the house in a nuisance abatement proceeding back in 2016, according to The Detroit News. However, it failed to record the title until over a year after Curtis' renovation firm recorded it. Kenny also said that the house "poses a nuisance and a danger to the health, safety and welfare of the community," and ordered Curtis' company to lessen the burden by completing its renovation work.

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As a representative for Curtis told HB back in March, Curtis had originally planned to spend $500,000 renovating this home when she bought it in 2018. However, she put her plans on pause the following year when the DLBA first claimed ownership of the home. Now, after a three-year fight, she'll finally be able to get to work. You can read more about the home Curtis now has under her wing here.

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