HGTV star Nicole Curtis sues Detroit land bank over rundown house
Detroit – HGTV star Nicole Curtis is suing Detroit Land Bank on the grounds that it took advantage of it in bringing the crime to a house where she put $ 60,000 into rehab.
Curtis, a Lake Orion American native who appeared on Rehab Addict Rescue, filed the lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court on Friday, arguing that she had the right to own the property based on her sizable Investment and the belief that she owned it – or the land bank should compensate her.
Curtis’ Detroit Renovations LLC acquired the 1921 square at 451 E. Grand Boulevard in 2017 from a private owner for $ 17,000. The next year, Curtis was notified that the Detroit Land Bank Authority actually held the title.
Unsuccessful attempts to reach a friendly agreement for Curtis to renovate the house led to legal proceedings. Ultimately, an August judgment was passed in favor of the Landbank.
The lawsuit states that Curtis bought the house with the intent to spend “hundreds of thousands of dollars” on restoration and that she maintained, insured and taxed it.
According to the lawsuit, your investment has increased the value of the property significantly over the next few years. As a result, according to the lawsuit, the land bank will “benefit directly from the years of work, expertise and money” that Curtis’ business has put into the house and “reap the rewards that come from the significantly increased property value.”
Despite efforts by the Curtis legal team last month to reach an agreement on the property, the land bank brought the house to market on Feb.26 for $ 40,000.
Curtis told The News on Friday that she had invested the money in the house in good faith and wanted it back. She said the land bank told her on Friday that they had to bid on the house. She then turned to the broker for the package deal.
“I have to protect it. They already put the house up for sale,” Curtis said. “We thought we would negotiate a solution for that.”
Land Bank executive director Saskia Thompson said the agency disagreed with Curtis’ claims that her property was stolen.
“She’s never owned the house. If she has a legal reason, it’s not against us,” Thompson told The News on Monday. “We’re not the ones who took our money on this property. Someone else did it when they no longer owned it.”
Alyssa Strickland, a spokeswoman for the land bank, said late Friday that the agency had not been served with the lawsuit. However, Strickland reiterated that the Landbank had prevailed in court on issues related to the apartment.
“We have already won two separate lawsuits over this property. We consider the lawsuit closed,” said Strickland, adding that the Landbank received the title of the property last year. “She’s welcome to make an offer on the property. We expect anyone who makes an offer on the property to follow the same process that we hold all of our buyers by.”
Curtis’ lawsuit alleges that the land bank knew, or should have known, that it was spending money protecting the home but did not take any action to enforce its legal interest in the home for more than two years.
Curtis relied on this failure to continue believing that her title was legitimate. Detroit Renovations, the lawsuit argues, had an adequate mortgage on the property because Curtis bought it on a deed and from the time she acquired it on May 30, 2017 until May 15, 2020, she believed to have a valid title. With this conviction, she made significant improvements.
It did so, the complaint claims, “with the knowledge and consent of the accused”.
Curtis is asking the court to rule that she has a fair mortgage based on her years of belief that she owned the home and her investments in maintaining and protecting the home. It would be “unjust and unjust” for the Landbank to keep the benefits without compensating Curtis for what it invested, according to the lawsuit.
The land bank originally filed a harassment lawsuit against previous owners Jerome and Joyce Cauley in 2015, forcing them to renovate the ruined home. The Cauleys have not fulfilled their obligations. In January 2017 it was ordered that the property right be transferred to the land bank.
Even so, that spring Joyce Cauley issued a notice of termination for the house on Curtis’ Detroit Renovations LLC. The numbers listed for Joyce Cauley have been separated.
Land bank officials said the invalid act was discovered in early 2018 and attempts were made to find a solution to move Curtis’ work forward. The property remained on hold for two years.
In July, the Landbank filed a lawsuit to resolve the outstanding title issue. The Landbank prevailed and applied for a separate court order, according to which the property had to be vacated by February 12th.
Curtis said she doesn’t know of any other investors who would do the same amount of restoration without a grant, city funding, or other incentive.
“I didn’t get that successful in business because I was someone who withdrew,” she said. “If you think you’re stopping me from being proud of my town and from investing in it, go through this little land bank escapade, damn no.”