'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines Fined $40,000 for safety violations

"Fixer Upper" stars Chip, and Joanna Gaines were fined for not taking the necessary precautions around using lead paint.

Emily Treadgold

Fixer Upper couple Joanna and Chip Gaines' renovation firm Magnolia Waco Properties, LLC will pay a $40,000 civil penalty.


The penalty is part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for allegedly violating terms of the RRP Rule which stands for "Renovation, Remodeling and Painting Rule."


On the EPA's website, they detail the rules regarding using lead-safe paint. The EPA found evidence of noncompliance that 33 properties. They didnt obtain EPA certification prior to the renovations.

Before buying, renting or renovating a home, be sure to enlist a professional's help to check for lead-based paint.

Chip Gaines

The EPA stated on their website, "Video footage of Magnolia's renovations of older homes appearing in several seasons of Fixer Upper reviewed by EPA did not depict the lead-safe work practices normally required by the RRP Rule. After EPA contacted Magnolia with concerns about the company's compliance, Magnolia took immediate steps to ensure compliance with the RRP Rule, including to obtain RRP certification and training for the firm and its staff and to ensure active compliance across all ongoing renovation projects."


Magnolia created a compliance management program to ensure their staff and contractors are in compliance with the EPA. The couple also spoke out on Twitter about the hazards of lead-based paint and the precautions they are taking.