Many people around the globe dream of appearing on shows about home renovations. Property Brothers, Flip or Flop?, and Love it or list It. Some couples have warned others about the potential dangers of home makeovers.
Couples Sued Shows for Code Violations, Property Damages and More
While having your home redone with the help of trained contractors and decorators—plus the chance to be on TV—seems like a dream come true, multiple families are currently mired in legal battles with the HGTV shows.
Mindy and Paul King are currently suing The Property Brothers’ production company for fraud, misrepresentation, and faulty workmanship, claiming their house is now full of code violations and is unlivable.
Many couples end up suing shows promising to build their dream home because of code violations, improper installation of appliances, or cosmetic issues.
‘Property Brothers’ Contestant: ‘We’re Trapped’
What makes it worse for the families is the fact that, after spending thousands of dollars on these renovations, many of them can’t afford to fix the damage or move into a new house. Sharon and Gary Rosier, who were on Renovate My Family, still live in the house that was renovated for them.
One of their main complaints was that the barn had been destroyed and that the basement contained bedrooms. The basement flooded every time it rained. “When everything goes bad, they’re not there for you, and then they’re like, well, you signed the contract,” Sharon explained. “But we didn’t know what we were signing.”
The Kings are also in the same boat. The Kings have the money to pay legal fees and continue their fight with the King. Property Brothers’ production company, the family can’t afford to move out.
“We’re trapped. The house is packed full of code violations, so we can’t just bail,” Paul said. “What they did was build a really nice studio to shoot their show.”Some people were able to resolve their cases and move on.
‘Flip or Flop’ Couple: ‘We Were Lucky Enough To Survive This’
Las Vegas: Flip or Flop Couple Billi Dunning & Brent Hawthorne settled a lawsuit against HGTV for an undisclosed amount and were able buy a new home. “It feels like home, at least now,” Hawthorne shared. “It breaks my heart that there could be others out there like us. We were lucky enough to survive this.”
Although these lawsuits may seem daunting, they are rare. There are many people who have seen home renovation shows, and were happy with the results. People who want to appear on HGTV shows can still daydream about being picked for the show—but should still be prepared for the possibility that things might go sideways.
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