Unhappy Chicago Homeowners Sue ‘Windy City Rehab’ Star Alison Victoria for Fraud

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Alison Victoria is headed to courtroom. The HGTV star is certainly one of a number of individuals being sued for fraud by some sad Chicago householders who say the home she helped renovate is less than snuff. Her Windy City Rehab co-star and contractor Donovan Eckhardt can be named within the swimsuit filed by Anna and James Morrissey, People reported. 

The home was featured on ‘Windy City Rehab’ — however the householders weren’t

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The Morrisseys are the house owners of a $1.36 million residence in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood that was featured on a 2019 episode of Windy City Rehab. However, the pair weren’t seen by viewers throughout the episode, since they most popular to not seem on digital camera. Instead, actors portrayed them throughout the reveal of the house, in response to the Chicago Sun-Times. 

“You killed it,” an actress portraying the customer mentioned. “It’s amazing.”

The patrons say Alison Victoria and her staff did shoddy work 

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The actors might need been impressed with the rehab work finished on the 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath residence, however the real-life patrons weren’t. Shortly after they moved in, the issues started, in response to the lawsuit, as outlined by the Sun-Times. 

The day after closing, a leaky bathe upstairs ended up spilling gallons of water into the kitchen, the householders mentioned. A brand new roof was imagined to be put in, however by no means was. The current roof finally failed, inflicting critical water injury. Leaky home windows all through the property triggered extra issues, and an inspection discovered that the majority the home windows had been put in incorrectly. A crooked entrance door and crumbling masonry are additionally on the checklist on the householders’ complaints. 

The Morrisseys have sued Victoria (whose actual title is Alison Gramenos), Eckhardt, Greymark Development Group (which is owned by Eckhardt), Alison Victoria Interiors, contractor Ermin Pajazetovic, and two different companies. They need the sale of the house reversed and are looking for punitive damages and damages for emotional misery.

Victoria hasn’t commented on the lawsuit however mentioned in an electronic mail to the Sun-Times that she “worked directly with the Morrissey’s to resolve any issues of concern related to their home renovation.” 

This isn’t the primary time individuals have complained about ‘Windy City Rehab’

The lawsuit isn’t the primary time individuals have complained about Victoria and Windy City Rehab. Neighbors have complained about trash and noise at worksites. The metropolis of Chicago suspended the license of Eckhardt and Greymark Development Group after they had been discovered to be working with out correct permits and never following security procedures. As of late December, Eckhardt and Victoria had been solely allowed to take out permits to repair points at ongoing initiatives, per the Sun-Times. 

In a July 14 Instagram post, Victoria mentioned that she was working to resolve the allowing points with town. She additionally indicated that she’d reduce ties with Eckhardt. “I want you to hear it from me directly that I am working closely with the City of Chicago to repair and amend any and all permits with our new general contractors,” she wrote. 

A falling out with Eckhardt?

Text messages cited within the lawsuit present additional proof that Victoria and Eckhardt are on the outs. The inside designer reimbursed the Morrisseys for about half the price of changing the leaky roof. But a test from Greymark Development Group bounced.

“If I have to cover his portion I will,” Victoria texted after Eckhardt’s test did not clear. “I do not want him to f*** with my life or business any more than he already has.” 

Sub-contractor Ermin Pajazetovic’s firm can be suing Eckhardt and Greymark. The firm says it’s owed greater than $100,000 for work finished on one other undertaking.

HGTV has not introduced a premiere date for season 2 of Windy City Rehab, however in a Dec. 29 tweet, Victoria mentioned the present can be again in Summer 2020.

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