The Block: ‘Dodgy dealers’ Omar and Oz score a piano for just $8,000

The Block’s ‘dodgy dealers’ Omar and Oz come under suspicion AGAIN as they score a $36,000 baby grand piano for just $8,000 – but insist they are just ‘hustlers’

The Block contestants Omar and Oz have once again been accused of ‘dodgy dealing’ after they managed to score a massive bargain.

The Western Sydney mates felt the best way to win living and dining room week was to purchase and install a baby grand piano in their space.

‘Oz and I, we’re really trying hard to get a baby grand piano in this week,’ Omar told producers on Tuesday’s episode.

The Block's Omar and Oz (pictured) have once again been accused of 'dodgy dealing' after they managed to score a massive bargain. The pair felt the best way to win living and dining room week was to purchase and install a baby grand piano in their space

The Block’s Omar and Oz (pictured) have once again been accused of ‘dodgy dealing’ after they managed to score a massive bargain. The pair felt the best way to win living and dining room week was to purchase and install a baby grand piano in their space

‘If we can get that, I think it will really make this room look amazing.’

The pair called in piano dealer John Martin to help them source the perfect piano.

Mr Martin explained the piano comes with self-playing and recording capabilities.

The boys then learned the instrument would cost them a whopping $36,000.

The pair called in piano dealer John Martin (pictured) to help them source the perfect piano

Mr Martin explained the piano (pictured) comes with self-playing and recording capabilities

The pair called in piano dealer John Martin (left) to help them source the perfect piano. He explained the piano (right) comes with self-playing and recording capabilities

Omar and Oz didn’t seem too fazed by the astronomical price, saying they would ‘sort something out’ to get a better deal.

‘[Mr Martin] did say he’ll look after us,’ Omar told the cameras.

Somehow the pair managed to get the price down to just $8,000 – a massive bargain that raised many eyebrows among the crew.

‘How did you get it down to eight grand?’ one producer asked, to which Omar replied vaguely: ‘I don’t know.’

The boys learned the instrument would cost them a whopping $36,000, but didn't seem too fazed by the astronomical price

The boys learned the instrument would cost them a whopping $36,000, but didn’t seem too fazed by the astronomical price

Somehow the pair managed to get the price down to just $8,000 - a massive bargain that raised many eyebrows among the crew

'How did you get it down to eight grand?' one producer asked, to which Omar replied vaguely: 'I don't know'

Somehow the pair managed to get the price down to just $8,000 – a massive bargain that raised many eyebrows among the crew

‘Honestly, you have to be a hustler. You’ve got to hustle,’ he added.

This response seemed like a poor excuse, especially after Omar and Oz were accused of being ‘dodgy’ last week by foreman Keith Schleiger and former contestant Ronnie Caceres.

In last Wednesday’s episode, Keith spotted a major defect in the boys’ ceiling after popping over to inspect the roof of their winning bathroom.

The foreman noticed a ceiling joist had been removed to fit a heat light and said it was a huge safety issue that could eventually cause the gyprock to collapse.

This response seemed like a poor excuse, especially after Omar and Oz were accused of being 'dodgy' last week by foreman Keith Schleiger and former contestant Ronnie Caceres. Keith was furious after discovered a major defect in their ceiling

This response seemed like a poor excuse, especially after Omar and Oz were accused of being ‘dodgy’ last week by foreman Keith Schleiger and former contestant Ronnie Caceres. Keith was furious after discovered a major defect in their ceiling

‘I found something I didn’t want to see,’ he told them. ‘I’m actually disgusted. I’m really angry. I’m fuming.’ 

He continued: ‘There’s a great big span of about 1,500mm with no framework around it. An IXL Tastic would weigh a couple of kilos. It’s going to fall through the plaster.’

Omar and Oz assured Keith their team ‘does everything by the book’, but he was not having it.

Keith pointed out the ceiling was already sagging 25mm and the pair lacked insulation throughout the entire house, which needed to be done ‘week by week’.

He then tore shreds off the boys, accusing them of not doing any work.

Keith popped over to inspect the roof of their winning bathroom and noticed a ceiling joist had been removed to fit a heat light

The foreman said it was a huge safety issue

Keith popped over to inspect the roof of their winning bathroom and noticed a ceiling joist had been removed to fit a heat light. The foreman said it was a huge safety issue

Keith (pictured) said it could eventually cause the gyprock to collapse, pointing out the ceiling was already sagging 25mm

Keith (pictured) said it could eventually cause the gyprock to collapse, pointing out the ceiling was already sagging 25mm

‘Every time I see you guys – I’m just being honest here – you guys are on the phone. I’ve never seen you strike a blow. I’ve never seen you cut anything, nail anything, screw anything,’ Keith said.

‘No more shonky stuff, guys. This can’t happen.’

Keith then stormed off before continuing his rant to producers.

‘It’s just ridiculous… I’m just getting sick of all the dodginess,’ he raged.

‘It’s happening all the time. We’re constantly catching them doing the wrong thing and it’s simply got to stop.’

Omar and Oz assured Keith their team 'does everything by the book', but he was not having it

Omar and Oz assured Keith their team ‘does everything by the book’, but he was not having it

Also last week, the boys faced scrutiny over how little they’d spent so far on tradespeople, leading to suspicions they were not paying them at all.

Shortly after returning contestant Ronnie Caceres arrived on the building site, he suspected Omar and Oz were saving money by getting their friends and family to help out for free.

If they are in fact using free labour, this gives them an unfair advantage over the other teams, who must use money from their budget to pay their builders, chippies, electricians and plasterers.

Alarm bells started ringing for Ronnie, 46, the moment he stepped foot inside Omar and Oz’s house and he accused the lads of ‘dodgy dealing’.

Shortly after returning contestant Ronnie Caceres arrived on the building site, he suspected Omar and Oz were saving money by getting their friends and family to help out for free

Shortly after returning contestant Ronnie Caceres arrived on the building site, he suspected Omar and Oz were saving money by getting their friends and family to help out for free 

‘Something is not adding up,’ said the franchise veteran-turned-detective.

Having competed on the Nine renovation show twice before with his wife Georgia, he knows all there is to know about balancing a budget.

So the sight of more than a dozen tradies at work was a major red flag, especially after Omar and Oz stood out for being so under-budget the week before.

‘I counted 17 trades at House 5,’ Ronnie said, adding: ‘Are these all your cousins?’

The Western Sydney best mates faced scrutiny last week over how little they had spent so far on tradespeople, leading to suspicions they were not paying them at all. As revealed on the show a week earlier, they only spent $7,500 plasterers, which was far less than the other teams

The Western Sydney best mates faced scrutiny last week over how little they had spent so far on tradespeople, leading to suspicions they were not paying them at all. As revealed on the show a week earlier, they only spent $7,500 plasterers, which was far less than the other teams

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