Jonathan and Drew Scott, also known as the “Property Brothers” are among the most popular and beloved hosts on HGTV. The Canadian twins have captured the affection of their audiences with their good natures, humor, good looks and stunning home design.
Many HGTV shows have been accused of being fake or at least not totally truthful. The “Property Brothers” have largely avoided accusations of faking their shows’ results or acting with impropriety. However, a lawsuit filed in Clark County, Nevada, in 2021 threatens to end that good reputation.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. ‘Property Brothers’ Were Sued by 2 Las Vegas Homeowners
Two Las Vegas homeowners told a local station KTNV in March 2021 that their appearance on a 2018 episode of “Property Brothers” left them with unsafe wiring, uneven walls and other issues.
Mindy and Paul King sued the production company behind “Property Brothers” and a local contractor who completed the renovation. The lawsuit was filed January 14, 2021, according to Clark County court records reviewed by Heavy.
In an interview with KTNV, Mindy King said, “They actually grouted the range to the wall and it’s not even a straight grout line. But on top of that, there’s actually grout in the burners and our brand new range was totally scratched.”
The Kings also recounted to the outlet that the contractors installed the wrong kitchen backsplash, uneven baseboards, electrical work that was not up to safety codes, and doors that are difficult to open and close.
“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 outlet.
2. Homeowners on ‘Property Brothers’ Pay for the Renovations
The Kings responded to a casting call for “Property Brothers” in 2018 as they “were searching for their dream home,” they revealed to KTNV. Mindy King told the outlet, “They had told us that they wanted us to be their first episode. So we instantly started doing whatever steps we needed to do.”
Fans of the show know how it goes. Jonathan Scott presents a renovation plan with two options. The homeowners then choose which option they want to go with, agreeing to a price tag and a timeline.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Kings spent $550,000 on the house and had a $110,000 renovation budget that increased to $168,000.
According to KTNV, the Kings spent $193,000 on the renovation when all was said and done. The homeowners on “Property Brothers” are responsible for the entire cost of the renovation. “There’s nothing free,” Paul King told the outlet.
3. Drew & Jonathan Scott Weren’t Named in the Suit
When Paul and Mindy King signed on to appear on “Property Brothers,” they were excited. They told KTNV that they skipped their honeymoon in order to be able to buy the house and pay for the renovations suggested by the Scott brothers.
The next step was to wire money to the production company for “Property Brothers,” Cineflix, which they did. In signing the contract for the show, they were “assured all the work would be done to code,” KTNV reported. Villa Construction was the local firm that did the work, the outlet reported.
The Scott brothers are not named in the lawsuit, which the Kings filed against Cineflix and Villa Construction, according to Clark County court records reviewed by Heavy.
According to a statement provided to KTNV by Jonathan Scott’s attorney, the lawsuit “appears to be an attempt to secure a substantial monetary settlement” after the Kings “rejected … reasonable attempts to remedy the remaining punch list items” in their home. The lawyer added, “The Kings have engaged in a negative publicity campaign against the Brothers. It is unfortunate that the Kings have resorted to such conduct.”
4. The Nevada Board of Contractors Found Fault With the Home Owners
In the interview with KTNV, Mindy King revealed that she filed a complaint with the Nevada Board of Contractors. However, the Board of Contractors closed the complaint on the grounds that the Kings refused to let the contractor, Villa Construction, into their home, according to the outlet.
The Kings told the outlet that Villa Construction had full access to the home when it was empty for the two months between the reveal on “Property Brothers” and the day they moved in, and that contractors were in the home at least 10 times in the four months immediately after they moved in.
Paul King told the outlet, “All we want is a project plan so that we can get it completed in… all at one time. We don’t want it being one piece at a time for the next year.”
5. The Kings’ Lawsuit Remained Open in November 2021
According to Clark County court records reviewed by Heavy, after the lawsuit was filed in January 2021 the defendants filed a motion to dismiss in February. A hearing was held by Judge Susan Johnson on March 30, 2021.
After Johnson issued her order on the motion to dismiss on April 13, 2021, the Kings filed a new amended complaint on May 5, 2021. On May 25, 2021, the defendants again filed a motion to dismiss and a hearing was held on June 29, 2021. The case remains open, but a hearing scheduled for November 23, 2021, was canceled.