What's Going on With the Lawsuit Against the 'Property Brothers' Production Company?

This story was originally published on 3/11/2021; it has been updated to reflect new information.

A Las Vegas couple is still in a legal battle with the production company of HGTV's Property Brothers after allegedly finding problems with their home renovation. The production company named in the suit, Cineflix, relays a different version of events.

The couple, Paul and Mindy King, claimed that wires were left exposed, doors were not hung properly, the wrong backsplash was put up, and not all renovations done were up to code, as they told KTNY. In 2021, they filed a lawsuit against Cineflix as well as the local construction company, Villa Construction, who worked on their home. Drew and Jonathan Scott, the stars of Property Brothers, were not named in the lawsuit. Although, the Kings recently told 8 Now News that they're considering adding them to the lawsuit. The outlet reports that a jury trial is currently set for October 2024.

As a refresher, the HGTV series ran from 2011 to 2019. In each episode, the Scott brothers lend their design skills and work with local contractors to produce a dream home for their clients. However, the homeowners always have to foot the bill. In this case, the Kings paid over $193,000 for their home remodel. The Kings wired the money to Cineflix. Their home makeover can be seen in episode seven of season 14, which aired in 2019.

The couple claimed that prior to taking legal action, they gave Cineflix and Villa Construction adequate time to resolve the issues they had found within the home—a claim that the production and construction companies dispute.

Mindy eventually filed a complaint with the Nevada State Contractors Board (NSCB) listing over 90 deficiencies. She told her local news outlet she felt "bamboozled and tricked." The NSCB reviewed her complaint and only found 10 of the deficiencies listed to be warranted. A Notice to Correct these deficiencies was then sent to Villa Construction by the NSCB.

In a statement from its lawyers, Cineflix said the following:

"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."

The Kings told KTNY that they allowed contractors ample access to their home to make amends, saying that the house was empty for two months before they moved in and during that time, the contractors had full access. The couple also claimed that they allowed the contractors into the home more than ten times over four months after they moved in. However, the NSCB closed out the complaint citing that the Kings would not let the contractors in.

Todd Christensen, President of Villa Construction, released his own statement. It reads: "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."

The Scott brothers' lawyers, meanwhile, issued the below statement to Channel 9:

"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."

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