Court records list poor workmanship, code violations

By Darcy Spears

A Las Vegas couple’s appearance on a popular reality show has convinced them of a harsh reality: Things aren’t always as rosy as they seem on TV. In this case, it’s a home remodel on HGTV.

“Property Brothers” on HGTV starring Jonathan and Drew Scott has entertained and enticed homeowners for years.

Paul and Mindy King were searching for their dream home in 2018 when they heard about a “Property Brothers” casting call.

“They had told us that they wanted us to be their first episode,” Mindy King said. “So we instantly started doing whatever steps we needed to do.”

You can’t put a price on King’s love, but you can attach dollar signs to their home remodel — more than $193,000.

They wired the money to Cineflix, the production company behind “Property Brothers.” They passed on a honeymoon to save money and signed on the dotted line, assured all the work would be done to code.

“When we first arrived, the insta-hot was not working because it wasn’t plugged in,” Paul King said. “So I looked under the kitchen sink. There were two plugs for three things to the plugin. It made no sense.”

According to a licensed electrician 13 Investigates spoke to, that’s not up to code as appliances need to be on dedicated circuits.

“All they did is they split the plug now, put four plugs in there, but it’s still only on one line,” Paul King said.

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13 Investigates called Jonathan Scott. His lawyer responded, declining an on-camera interview and sent the following statement:

“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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An attorney for Cinelfix provided the following statement:

“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.”

A hearing for Cineflix’s request to dismiss the case is scheduled for later this month.

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