A Las Vegas couple was so disappointed by their experience with the HGTV show Property Brothers that they've filed a lawsuit, alleging that the work on their home was shoddy.
"They just come in and they bring a Sharpie or spray paint and try to make things look pretty, but they don't," Mindy King, who sued with her husband, Paul, told TV station KTNV.
The popular show, which first aired in 2011, features twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott working with local contractors to produce a dream home for the people who appear on it. Although the homeowner pays for it, they receive expertise from the Scotts for free.
The Kings said in their lawsuit against Cineflix, the production company behind Property Brothers, as well as the local Villa Construction, who worked on their home, and others, that there were problems with the renovations. They alleged, for example, that some of them weren't up to building code, and that there were wires left exposed and doors not hung properly. It was also left unfinished, even though they paid an estimated $193,000 for the work and attempted to resolve issues with both Cineflix and Villa.
"We didn't spend this kind of money to have our cabinets repainted six times and still have paint coming off," Mindy King told the Las Vegas outlet.
According to the court documents, obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Kings said they were deceived — told the work would be done only by experts, when that wasn't the case — and pressured into signing certain agreements.
Yahoo Entertainment has reached out to Cineflix and Villa Construction; HGTV's owner, Discovery; and the Scotts.
A rep for the reality TV stars declined to comment on the lawsuit, since they are not named in it.
However, a lawyer for them issued a statement to KTNV: "The Property Brothers ('Brothers') are not named defendants in Paul and Mindy King's (the 'Kings') lawsuit initiated against Cineflix (Property Brothers 7) Inc. and Villa Construction, nor are they responsible for the Kings' alleged claims. The Kings have rejected Cineflix (Property Brothers 7) Inc.'s and Villa's reasonable attempts to remedy the remaining punch list items in the Kings' home. Instead, in what appears to be an attempt to secure a substantial monetary settlement, the Kings have engaged in a negative publicity campaign against the Brothers. It is unfortunate that the Kings have resorted to such conduct."
Cineflix told Yahoo Entertainment: “We recognize the responsibility we are granted by the homeowners who choose to take part in our television shows. Cineflix (Property Brothers 7) Inc. works with dedicated professionals who take pride in their work. We are aware of Paul and Mindy King’s claims and have worked to resolve the short punch list of items that were identified by the Nevada State Contractors Board (NSCB). When the Kings rejected our attempts to complete the work, the NSCB closed the case and the punch list of items remain unresolved. As this matter is now before the courts, we are unable to comment any further at this time.”
Todd Christensen, president of Villa Construction, gave a statement to KTNV: "We always strive for customer satisfaction in all projects we undertake. Regarding the project at 7400 .... Ave, we were contacted by and contracted with a production company to participate in several home remodel projects. After completion of this project, the initial, detailed Construction Punch List created by the homeowner was completed. We have been made aware of additional items, several of which were only brought to our attention over a year after the work was completed, by way of the homeowner seeking a third-party inspection by the Nevada State Contractor's Board (NSCB). We cooperated with the inspection and tried to work with the homeowner to resolve the short list of items that were identified by the NSCB. Access to the home was denied by the homeowner. The NSCB made the decision to close the matter on October 21, 2020 via letter which stated, 'Since you have not provided the contractor access to make the necessary corrections, we will take no further action.' We understand that the homeowner is now pursuing a legal claim, and therefore we have no further comment at this time."
KTNV reported that a hearing for Cineflix's request to dismiss the case is scheduled for later this month.
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