These Fixer Upper Stars Are Unhappy With What's Happened To Their Homes

Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images.
On the reality show Fixer Upper, Joanna and Chip Gaines take over run-down homes in Waco, Texas and make them beautiful. Their goal has been to help give the residents nice places to live, but they've recently found out their hard work is being used for a different purpose.

Almost a dozen of the apartments have been listed on VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) and Airbnb. One was going for $1,200 a night, though most were between $250 and $350.

"We want to do remodels for clients’ homes," Brock Murphy, a spokesman for the couples' business Magnolia, told The Waco Tribune. "That’s the true intent of our show, and we want to ensure that does not get lost in this new vacation rental trend."

There's a lot of debate over the legality of making money off apartments using sites like Airbnb. Waco's Director of Planning Services Clint Peters told The Waco Tribune that Waco residents actually need permits to do this, and most don't have them.

Legal disputes aside, the Fixer Upper stars don't want the houses they've worked on to be used this way, so they're going to start imposing stricter standards on applicants.

Still, they understand why people have used the houses for profit. Because of the show, they've become something of a tourist attraction. “We have no problems with our clients’ interest in using sites like VRBO and Airbnb to rent out their homes," Murphy said. "In fact, we get it. But we are going to be more strict with our contracts involving Fixer Upper clients moving forward."
Advertisement

More from TV

Everything about Luke Cage communicates strength. The burly Harlem resident seems patient and unfeeling. Bullets can’t wound Luke Cage, and knives can’t ...
Try as we may to separate the man from his work, it feels disingenuous to write about a Woody Allen project without so much as mentioning the personal ...
A major network has just ordered a series about a man who sends for a mail-order bride from the Philippines and winds up with a full mail-order family. ...
The 2016 Emmy Awards were off to a great start when a surprising announcement came over the loudspeaker. A voiceover announced the next presenter: none ...
Julianne Hough has responded to Amber Rose's accusations that the dancer body-shamed Rose on Dancing With the Stars. Hough told Entertainment Tonight that ...
Every once in a while, a show comes along that we're super psyched about — and not just like, "This is a cool series you should consider watching," but ...
Every Wednesday, the Johnson family enters millions of living rooms across America. Dad Andre brings the laughs with his stubborn-but-silly antics, which...
Kimmy Schmidt lives in her own world. It's a cross between middle school, the year 1999, and present-day New York. Mix in the fact that she was held ...
Grey's Anatomy is back, and it's kicking off this week's episode with a Hamilton reference. Well, kind of. Technically, when Webber offers to be Bailey's...
We know what you're thinking: Gee, I really could use more Kardashian-Jenner-West coverage on TV. Just kidding. The only people who think that are E! ...
Amazing news, TV lovers of the world: Since we first published this story in 2013, there have been leaps and bounds in the number of streaming platforms ...
We're less than two months away from the Netflix premiere of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on November 25. In the meantime, Rory and Lorelai thought ...
Two episodes into the third season of How To Get Away With Murder, we're one step closer to finding out who dies in the fire at Annalise's (Viola Davis) ...
We've written extensively about how all the American Horror Story seasons are linked. But we didn't realize that Roanoke would be the Rosetta Stone through...