The Duggar Family may be able to keep away from premarital sex and tank tops, but the same can’t be said for legal drama.
Two weeks after a raid by Homeland Security was allegedly linked back to eldest son Josh Duggar, Austin Forsyth, the husband of Joy-Anna Duggar, is reportedly being sued for fraud by a couple who purchased a home he renovated and flipped.
The news of the Austin’s legal dilemma was first reported by the Facebook page Duggar Family News: Life is Not All Pickles and Hairspray, which posted the documents of the lawsuit. The Ashley has since obtained the court records from Washington County, Arkansas.
According to court records, the lawsuit was filed against Austin on October 11. The plaintiffs purchased a home from Austin in June 2018. (The home was featured on several episodes of Counting On.)
In the lawsuit, the couple who purchased the home are accusing Austin of lying about obtaining a permit for a septic tank on the property. The couple claims that, after moving into the home in August of last year, they “began noticing that their yard was saturated on the driest of days and that an unmistakable foul odor of human waste emanated from their yard.”
After hiring a septic tank installer to look into the issue, the plaintiffs were told the land was “unsuitable for the septic tank system that was installed” and that installing a new one could cost $20,000 or more.
(According to public records found by The Ashley, the buyers only paid $140,000 for the house to begin with.)
The lawsuit also accuses Austin of failing to obtain the county required certificate or permit from the Health Department before the property was sold. While Austin “guaranteed that all work was done with proper permits,” the plaintiffs claim otherwise.
They stated that Austin “knew he had not received a permit from Washington County,” despite the fact that he claimed he had.;
“[Austin], as one engaged in the business of flipping houses, engaged in an unconscionable or deceptive act in conducting his business and Plaintiffs have suffered financial loss as a result of that deceptive act,” the papers state.
In addition, the buyers have decided to “rescind the purchase of the house due to the signed fraudulent statements of the Defendant during the sale” or “in the alternative, for damages suffered, for punitive damages, costs, attorney’s fees, and all other relief” the court decides is necessary.
The couple who bought the house also claim that their dog got sick from lapping up the (alleged) poop water outside the home. The court paperwork state that this event highlights “the unsanitary and downright disgusting faced by” the family in the new home.
The couple said they contacted Austin to inform him of this decision, “to no avail.” Despite this, he has received a summons in the lawsuit, to which he responded November 19, denying most of the allegations in the suit.
In Touch Weekly reports that, in his response to the lawsuit, Austin stated he was “not required to obtain a permit” and denies the claims that he “falsely stated that all necessary permits were obtained for the work done on the home and that it was done according to code.”
Austin has since hired legal representation to assist him. Joy is not being sued and is not mentioned in any of the legal paperwork.
The case is ongoing.
Watch a video of Joy and Austin beginning work on the house in question below!