Alleged defective works leave homeowners hundreds of thousands out of pocket.
Single Mother Faces Heartbreak as Dream Home Project Turns to Ruin: Builder’s Alleged Defective Works and Abandonment Leave Frame in Ruins and Savings Wiped Out
Rebekah, a single mother, invested her life savings into building her dream home, only to face a heart-wrenching reality. The alleged defective works left the house without walls and a roof, resembling a dump after exposure to months of elements.
The builder abandoned the alleged defective works, leaving Rebekah with no choice but to demolish the structure and lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. Her story highlights a widespread issue in the country’s building sector, as politicians grapple with housing crises.
Aside from the alleged defective works, Rebekah’s lawyer found that uncertified work was done, a violation of building regulations. She faces substantial costs for rectification, totaling $600,000, with no insurance coverage. This ordeal echoes similar experiences of other families in the area.
Alleged Defective Works: Complaints Lodged Against Builder Amid Devastating Home Building Failures
Families affected by alleged defective works associated with Mr. Cherry are facing significant consequences. Three families have had to completely demolish their homes, and four others are dealing with costly repairs. Mr. Cherry’s license was suspended in 2022 for unpaid fees.
The ABC contacted him for comment, but he declined due to “legal disputes.” Complaints were filed with the Victorian Building Authority as early as 2022, but affected families, like Rebekah, were unaware. The VBA is investigating three complaints against Mr. Cherry but cannot provide more information.
Andrea Brown, a homeowner, tried to alert regulators about Mr. Cherry’s actions. Her retirement home project was marred by alleged defective works linked to Mr. Cherry’s associated company, Halkin Developments. Despite starting quickly, issues including poor workmanship and a subpar slab arose, necessitating costly rectifications.
She qualified for insurance from VMIA, but their rejection of her independent report led to a reduced payout of $182,000 instead of the maximum $300,000. Unable to secure rectification quotes, Andrea had to demolish her 60% completed home, incurring a near $1 million loss. This ordeal showcases the distressing emotional and time toll faced by those affected.