Joy-Anna Duggar’s husband Austin Forsyth is in some legal trouble! The Counting On star is being sued by a family for fraud after selling a home he flipped that allegedly didn’t have a permit for a septic tank on the property. The family reported there was a “foul odor of human waste” in their yard from the faulty system.
Austin, 25, was hit with a lawsuit on October 11 in Arkansas’ Washington County. In court documents obtained by In Touch, a couple accused the 25-year-old of lying about getting the proper paperwork for a septic tank on the property they purchased from him in June 2018. In the county, all properties sold with a septic system must have a certificate or permit from the Health Department.
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,” the couple claimed in August 2018.
There was a septic tank installed on the property, but it was faulty. The couple hired a local septic installer who determined the “land was unsuitable for the septic system that was installed.” A new system reportedly was going to cost them over $20,000.
Austin “guaranteed that all work was done with proper permits,” according to the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs want 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 this Court deems necessary.”
Austin reportedly didn’t answer any requests from the couple until he was summoned on November 19. The Counting On star claimed he was “not required to obtain a permit” and denied the allegation 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.”
The lawsuit is still ongoing.