HGTV's 'Love It or List It': Homeowner files lawsuit against makers for severe damages made to their dream home
While HGTV's 'Love It or List It' enjoys a massive fanbase who love to watch the transformation of houses, it seems not all homeowners are satisfied with the show's work. A North Carolina homeowner filed a lawsuit against the production company, Big Coat Productions, for the distress they had to face after the renovation.
In 2015, one of the homeowners, Tim Sullivan and Deena Murphy appeared on the show. Like any other homeowners, they were also looking forward to either remodeling their house or selling it for a good price. The hosts David Visentin, a real estate agent, and Hilary Farr, an interior designer, with the help of a contractor assisted the couple in revamping their old house into a new one. The couple was looking for a dream house for themselves and their teens. Keep reading to know what lead the couple to take the harsh decision of filing a lawsuit in 2016.
Sullivan and Murphy decided to go their latter decision, to list their house and get a better price for it. As soon as the hosts and crew of 'Love It or List It' left their home, they found that there was certain irreparable damage made to their house. According to a report in PopSugar, low-quality and inferior products were used in their house renovation which damaged the floor while windows painted shut. These findings led the couple to be in utter distress as they had spent $ 140,000 of their money on the restructuring of the house. With no other option left, the couple filed the lawsuit against the show's producer and contractor for their "shoddy work and unfair trade practices."
The couple won the lawsuit and settled with the undisclosed compensation money. However, this was not it for the couple. They were further countersued for the breach of contract. The countersuit claimed the couple for libel, slander, and product disparagement. Thankfully, the countersuit was dismissed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
With the lawsuit, one can certainly say that a lot of drama goes around with the show than what's shown on the screen. Further, HGTV tried to clear its image by issuing a statement saying that they want their clients to be happy, adding the fact that the homeowners are included throughout every process of the renovation.
'Love It or List It' Season 19 airs on Monday, September 12 at 9 pm ET.