By Ryan Velez
The Daily Mail reports that an engineering firm who worked on Beyoncé and Jay-Z's massive Bel-Air estate is suing the developer that hired them.
Documents found by TMZ show that Qwest Engineering has filed a lawsuit against high-profile real estate developer Dean McKillen and Cuesta Estate for not paying them $200,000 worth of work on the home, which the power couple bought for $88 million. Along with the $205,337 worth of work they did on the home, Qwest is seeking punitive damages of $1.8 million.
Qwest says that McKillen and Cuesta hired them to do excavation on the mansion and to cut out space for the basement that was to be made.
In a project that Qwest claimed took five to six weeks, about 888 cubic yards of dirt - for a 2,000 square feet and 12ft height space - had to be taken from the premises.
The engineering company added that the duo can't claim being broke as they paid 'a small fraction' of the $88 million price to demolish and reconstruct the home. When TMZ reached out to McKillen, he claimed that the lawsuit was based off of false information, and that the company was not owed any money. Beyoncé and Jay-Z took out two permits, in October, to work on additions to their mega mansion.
One was to install backup generators and a $30k pad alteration. The other, the basement, which came out to around $750k.
Their off-market purchase is the highest sale of 2017 in Los Angeles County, beating out music mogul David Geffen's $85 million deal for his Carbon Beach compound. The mansion sits on two acres of land up in the hills with six different structures on the property.
The over-the-top gated property features four outdoor swimming pools, a spa and wellness center.
Glass-walled common areas offer expansive panoramic views of Los Angeles. The pocketing glass doors and windows are bulletproof.
Amenities also include a media room, multiple outdoor entertaining areas, a full-sized basketball court and staff quarters. Don’t expect any major statements from the couple, who recently welcomed twins Sir and Rumi, as most of the work in question in the lawsuit was done before they moved in.