A North Carolina couple, Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan, are suing the producers of HGTV’s “Love It or List It” for “shoddy” work done on their home during the filming of an episode of the show.
The couple, who were selected for the show in April 2015, allege that the renovations done to their home caused irreparable damage to their floors, holes where animals and vermin can enter the home, low-grade industrial carpeting, and other issues. In addition, the show allegedly did not follow the contract that was presented to the couple.
“Love It or List It” follows homeowners “whose home, for whatever reason, doesn’t suit their needs anymore.” A construction crew performs renovations on the house, while the homeowners are shown comparable houses in the area that are for sale. After the final reveal, the homeowners can then decide whether they want to stay in their own home or place it on the market.
According to the lawsuit filed against Big Coat TV, the producers of the show, and Aaron Fitz Construction, the contractor hired by the show, Murphy and Sullivan were not shown any homes for sale by a licensed North Carolina realtor that could have brokered the sale. In addition, Eric Emerita, who is portrayed as the general contractor on the show, was not licensed in North Carolina.
The couple paid Big Coat TV $140,000 to cover the costs of the renovations, but only $85,786.50 was paid to the contractor. The lawsuit questions why the payments, which were agreed to in the couple’s contract with the producers, were not fully distributed.
“Because this matter involves ongoing litigation, our attorneys have advised us and we feel that making a comment would be inappropriate at this time,” said Maria Armstrong, CEO of Big Coat TV, in a statement. “However, we do intend to vigorously defend what we consider to be false allegations.”