Cineflix Hit With Lawsuit Over Property Brothers Renovation Not Up to Code
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Las Vegas residents Paul and Mindy King have filed a lawsuit against Cineflix, the production company responsible for popular HGTV renovation show Property Brothers, after discovering renovations weren’t up to code.
Participants on the show are required to pay for their own renovations.
According to the lawsuit, the Kings paid more than $193,000 for their remodel in 2019, only to find nearly a hundred “deficiencies” in the home, from exposed wiring to doors hung improperly and even the wrong backsplash in the kitchen. The couple alleges that they informed Cineflix of the deficiencies, but that the production company did not take adequate actions to correct the problems. The Kings filed a complaint with the Nevada State Contractors Board to address 10 of the deficiencies, but reportedly did not let the contractors into the home to make the repairs, resulting in the Board closing their case. However, the Kings argue that this report is untrue, and that they did provide contractors with ample time to enter the home and make repairs.
The production company does not make the actual renovations.
Although the couple signed a contract with Cineflix to be on the show, and that contract reportedly promised that renovations would be up to code, it’s important to note that Property Brothers does not make the actual renovations. Instead, the production company typically hires local contractors to make the renovations suggested on the show. Construction defect lawsuits can arise in situations where construction was done poorly, resulting in safety hazards and/or breaches of contract. In regard to the Kings’ home, renovations that were not up to code could present a risk of injury to the homeowners; for example, there were reportedly not enough plugs for separate appliances in the kitchen, which a licensed electrician pointed out was not up to code, and that appliances should generally each have their own line.
Jonathan and Drew Scott (AKA the Property Brother) are not named in the lawsuit.
The Kings did not name the Property Brothers themselves in the lawsuit, rather citing the production company Cineflix and local construction company Villa Construction as primary defendants. Cineflix and Villa Construction argue that they have attempted to remedy the Kings’ displeasure, but that their attempts at remediation have been rejected. The couple is reportedly seeking a substantial monetary settlement for the construction deficiencies and the stress they have dealt with as a result of Cineflix’s alleged negligence.