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Television: 'Windy City Rehab' team facing multiple lawsuits, adding to HGTV show's troubles

By TRACY SWARTZ • Jan 11, 2020 at 8:00 PM

CHICAGO — There is more trouble for the team behind the popular HGTV series "Windy City Rehab." Though Season 2 is expected to premiere later this year, the TV stars face multiple lawsuits, and they are starting to turn on each other.

A couple who bought one of the North Side homes featured on the first season of the show is suing "Windy City Rehab" host Alison Victoria Gramenos and contractors Donovan Eckhardt and Ermin Pajazetovic over alleged problems with the roof, windows, exterior masonry and hallway bathroom.

Pajazetovic's Space Builders company, meanwhile, is suing Eckhardt and his company, Greymark Development Group, over work it said it completed on a Lakeview property, but that Greymark allegedly didn't finish paying for.

Both lawsuits were filed Dec. 30 in Cook County, Illinois, court.

Since July, the city of Chicago has sought civil action against the "Windy City Rehab" team over "dangerous and unsafe conditions" at four properties. The city ordered the team to stop work at these and other properties, seemingly pushing back the premiere of the second season of the show.

Gramenos said last month on Twitter that the second season is expected to premiere in the summer. In a July 2019 interview with the Tribune, Gramenos had targeted early 2020.

It is unclear how much of this court action will make it onto the show.

James and Anna Morrissey are suing over issues with a $1.36 million home they purchased. The couple says leaks, material defects and water-related problems at the property were not disclosed before closing, and that the day after closing in March 2019, the shower in their upstairs hallway bathroom leaked and drained through the kitchen ceiling, according to the lawsuit.

The couple also noted exterior masonry problems, improper installation of windows and the need for a new roof. They said the "Windy City Rehab" team agreed to cover costs associated with those issues, but they didn't receive all the funds as promised and they had to pay for upgrades and landscaping. Now they want out of the home.

The couple said Gramenos' check to cover a portion of the roof and roof masonry repairs cleared, but the check from Greymark did not, according to the lawsuit.

In an email to the Tribune, Gramenos said, "I worked directly with the Morrisseys to resolve any issues of concern related to their home renovation. I cannot comment on pending litigation."

A representative for the law firm representing the couple also declined to comment. A hearing in that case is set for April 28.

HGTV will have a lot of material to work with for Season 2, which was got the green light in February 2019 — a month after Season 1 premiered. Gramenos told the Tribune last year that cameras did not stop rolling between the first and second seasons.

A representative for HGTV did not return a Tribune request for comment, nor did Eckhardt or an attorney for Greymark.

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