“Windy City Rehab” will not be releasing new episodes anytime quickly, however followers of designer Alison Victoria can catch her on the newest season of “Rock the Block.”
The second season, which debuts Monday at eight p.m. on HGTV, will observe 4 groups of two designers who compete to flip three equivalent homes on the identical block. Every group will obtain $225,000, and the profitable group will see their names on the block’s road indicators. Particular visitors may even be popping for design challenges, and Ty Pennington will host.
Victoria, whose full title is Alison Victoria Gramenos, will work with Mike Holmes from “Holmes On Homes.” Different groups embody: Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent of “Nate and Jeremiah: Save My House;” David Bromstad of “My Lottery Dream Home” and Tiffany Brooks from the upcoming present “50K Three Ways;” and Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt of “100 Day Dream Home.”
In Chicago the place “Windy City Rehab” is filmed, Victoria faces quite a few authorized troubles stemming from properties proven on her TV collection. These issues have escalated into a number of lawsuits and a break up from her former co-host, builder Donovan Eckhardt.
Shortly after the primary season of the present wrapped up in March 2015, residents and alderman close to the properties accused Victoria and Eckhardt of being dangerous neighbors, complaining of noise and unsecured work websites. The town slapped the duo with two stop-work orders on one in all their initiatives.
Two months later, the pair acquired one more stop-work order and ultimately suspended Eckhardt’s contractor’s license for 45 days. As of September, the license, which expired final March, has not been renewed, and a metropolis spokesperson stated Victoria and Eckhardt are suspended from getting new constructing permits in Chicago.
In January 2020, the consumers of a $1.36 million Lincoln Sq. dwelling featured on the present sued Victoria and Eckhardt and tried to power the present’s hosts to take again the home, which they are saying is tormented by leaks and shoddy work.
Based on the lawsuit, the day after the consumers closed on the 4,000-square-foot luxurious dwelling, an upper-floor bathe leaked gallons of water into the kitchen ceiling beneath.
And issues solely acquired worse, the go well with says, with a leaky roof, poorly put in home windows and different points.
Simply days later, a subcontractor filed a lawsuit towards Eckhardt, claiming he’s nonetheless owed cash for work he did on one other rehabbing venture.
The issues didn’t let up. In Might 2020, one other home-owner, this one in all a $1.three million dwelling in Bucktown, sued the “Windy City Rehab” stars, alleging fraud and shoddy work and demanding a refund of their $1.33 million buy worth.
The go well with additionally requested for a everlasting injunction to power Discovery Inc.’s HGTV to take Victoria and Eckhardt off the air, saying it’s “deceptive” to painting them as “superstar experts” who create “compelling and stunning transformations.”
The connection between Eckhardt and Victoria deteriorated because the lawsuits stacked up. In a textual content message included within the Lincoln Sq. dwelling lawsuit, Victoria wrote, “I do not want him to f— with my life or business any more than he already has.” Within the season two premiere of “Windy City Rehab,” the designer contined her assaults on Eckhardt, and far of the next season painted him because the perpetrator.
Eckhardt has since filed a defamation lawsuit towards the community and manufacturing firm of “Windy City Rehab,” alleging that the present falsely scripted him as an untrustworthy “villain” who stole cash.
He was a manufactured dangerous man meant to spice up rankings, the go well with states.
Within the 23-page lawsuit filed in Prepare dinner County Circuit Courtroom in January 21, Eckhardt goes via every episode of the second season level by level, and primarily calls “BS,” saying the fact present starring Alison Victoria Gramenos was crammed with pretend scenes supposed to make him look dangerous.
For all of the dangerous press, HGTV seems to be standing by the present. Final month, the community ordered 9 extra episodes of the present.