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May 14, 2018

Love it or List it Vancouver showmakers sued after problem-filled renovation

A North Vancouver couple is suing the company behind the home design show Love it or List it Vancouver, claiming producers brought in an actor with no contracting experience to work on their home for their episode. 

Jeanine Almeida and Norman Waine also claim the renovation was riddled with problems, putting their family’s health and safety at risk.

The couple and their four children appeared on Season 4 of the show in 2016. 

On each episode of the show, families have to decide whether to stay in their current home. Both hosts — one real estate agent and one designer — try to sway them to move or stay.

The real estate agent works to find them a new house while the designer renovates their current home. At the end of the episode, the homeowners choose to move, or stay in their spruced up old house.

Almeida and Waine say they paid the show’s production company, Should I Stay or Should I Go West Productions, more than $175,000 for their Lynn Valley home’s renovation.

They signed a contract agreeing that work would be carried out by Kenny Gemmill — the show’s resident contractor — or a “reasonable alternative.”

The lawsuit claims the show brought in Kerry van der Griend to work on the home in April 2016. 

Van der Griend, according to the suit, is an actor with “little to no experience” as a general contractor.

The kitchen, dining room, laundry room, garage and back deck were transformed during the show. During the on-air reveal, Almeida and Waine said they loved the “gorgeous” final product. 

But in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the couple claim they started noticing problems after filming wrapped. 

Keep reading on CBC News



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