'Rehab Addict' Star Nicole Curtis Files Lawsuit After Being 'Scammed' On $60,000 Home Purchase

May. 21 2021, Published 5:23 p.m. ET

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Nicole Curtis has filed a lawsuit after claiming she's been "scammed" out of $60,000 and a house. 

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The Rehab Addict star says she poured thousands of dollars into a home in Detroit only to find out it never really belonged to her. 

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44-year-old Curtis bought the fixer-upper from the previous owners in a private sale back in 2017.

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The HGTV personality claims she spent $60,000 on the Detroit home, which was built in 1921. 

Curtis also alleges she paid back taxes on the property and kept the residence insured. 

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The reality TV star planned to renovate the home but her plans were kiboshed in 2018 when she found out that the house didn't legally belong to her. 

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According to local news Click On Detroit, the homeowners -- who Nicole thought she bought the property from -- lost the house in January 2017. 

The homeowners allegedly sold the home to Curtis five months later for the low price of $17,000.

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Detroit Land Bank Authority is now allegedly the owner of the fixer-upper.

The company reportedly put it on the market for $40,000 about one month ago. 

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Curtis is now suing Detroit Land Bank Authority.

Land Bank has allegedly tried to privately handle the matter with the Rehab Addict star but she has rejected their resolutions, reports Click On Detroit. 

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Nicole addressed the issue back in March and even looped in Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

"It’s a sad day when our team is investing $$$$ into attorneys rather than the city of #detroit -calling @MayorMikeDuggan-are you really okay with @BuildingDet refusing to find resolve? Million dollar (s) question right there? In the meantime -hats off to #flint land bank," she tweeted. 

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Duggan has since replied, basically saying she's out of luck.

"I feel bad for Nicole. It appears she was scammed. It appears she paid somebody who didn’t own the house and paid them to buy it. But the Land Bank cannot legally give her the property,” the mayor said. 

“She can have 100 critical stories, the Land Bank is not going to break the law. They can’t turn the property over without getting values."

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