Keith Nylund’s home improvement television show opens with clips of its star swinging a sledge hammer and tearing roofs off Denver-area properties.
Now Nylund, host of reality TV show “Raise the Roof,” is swinging back at his two toughest critics: Homebuyers that say they purchased his West Wash Park fix-and-flip only to find that the renovation was too good to be true.
William and Elizabeth Sungar sued Nylund for fraud in December after seeing an episode on TV where Nylund deals with leaks.
In a reply filed in Denver District Court last week, Nylund claims the plaintiffs’ gripe – that he concealed flooding problems – doesn’t hold up.
Nylund denies the Sungars’ claim that he signed a seller’s property disclosure vouching that the house had never had problems with moisture, water or plumbing.
Additionally, Nylund argues that “an episode of water leaking into the crawl space” didn’t cause any damage and was hardly a “flood event,” as the Sungars claim.
Nylund also alleges the Sungars knew about poor drainage on their property, saying the buyers hired a property inspector and an engineer, who both pointed out drainage issues that could lead to basement flooding.
“William Sungar purchased the property knowing that the (property) slope was inadequate and that conditions existed that would need to be repaired to prevent additional water intrusion into the basement,” the lawsuit states.
Nylund did not return a message seeking comment. His lawyer, Michael G. Milstein of Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, declined comment for this story.
Nylund has been flipping homes in the Denver metro area for seven years, according to The Denver Post. Denver property records show that Nylund’s KGN Asset Management LLC also has purchased properties in North Park Hill, Washington Virginia Hale and the Highlands.
On “Raise the Roof,” which debuted in fall on the DIY Network, Nylund and his crew add another story to Denver-area homes while attempting to preserve the house’s existing style.
The Sungars say Nylund vouched that the home had no current or prior problems with water and plumbing. But soon after moving into the 1910 house, the pair claim they discovered mold and malfunctioning appliances, which cost “tens of thousands of dollars” to repair and ultimately forced them to leave the property for three months. The couple says they realized the house had a history of leaks when the episode of “Raise the Roof” featuring their home aired.
The Sungars accuse Nylund and his real estate companies of committing fraud and violating Colorado consumer protection law, among other complaints. Nylund denies those allegations.
The Sungars are seeking to rescind their contract to purchase the house in addition to monetary damages and legal costs. The pair’s lawyer, Reid J. Allred of Cambridge Law, declined to comment.