HGTV's "Flip or Flop" hosts Tarek and Christian El Moussa are being sued by Virginia Beach property management company owner Jonathan Schmier, who is claiming the pair hired him to find houses for them to flip in North Carolina but never paid him for his finds.
Schmier said he was promised $5,000 per home he found, and that the couple never paid him for anything he did for them, according to the New York Daily News. He is asking for $37,800, which includes commissions for five homes he found plus minimum wage for the time he spent.
The El Moussas’ business partner Peter De Best, property management company Next Level Property Investments, HGTV, and Scripps Networks were also named in the suit, the New York Daily News reported.
Schmier said he was told that the El Moussas’ show “Flip or Flop” would be branching out onto the East Coast despite the fact that it had always focused on Southern California throughout the seven seasons of the show, the New York Daily News reported.
Schmier also claims the El Moussas blocked his email address, Facebook pages, and phone numbers to avoid paying him, Us Weekly reported.
HGTV told the celebrity news website, “We are aware of the lawsuit filed in North Carolina but we don’t comment on pending litigation.”
The network declined to bring “Flip or Flop” back for an eighth season after the El Moussas announced that they had separated in December, In Touch Weekly reported.
While the original show will not be returning, five spinoffs are planned for the upcoming months featuring different show hosts, In Touch Weekly reported.
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