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PHOTOS: Builder demolishes house he worked on after owner refused to pay N2m extra

Then people noticed the builders starting to remove things and demolish the work that had been done.

A builder demolished a house he had constructed because the owner, who was on vacation, refused to give him an additional sum of money.

Jay Kurji, 40, of Stoneygate, Leicester, requested a two-story expansion and a larger kitchen for his home.

He had a falling out with his builder, though, after he refused to pay an additional £3,500. (over N2m).

He said:

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“I had gone on holiday and was 200 miles [away] when it all happened on Tuesday (June 8).

 

The house before demolition

“I’ve contacted the police, who said it was a dispute and not a criminal case, and I’ve emailed Trading Standards. I’m still on holiday so it’s difficult to sort out from here.

“I bought the house last year. The builder started in February and we wanted lots of work done so it could become our family home for six of us.

“We wanted a two-storey extension, a new roof, new wiring and for it to be more environmentally-friendly. Unfortunately, I picked the worst builder.”

He claimed that once the builder refused to pay, he left the building in its current state, with the scaffolding being recovered by the scaffolding business.

According to a neighbor, the construction work had left the street in shambles.

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They said:

“The work had been going on and there was scaffolding up and it all had planning permission.

“Then people noticed the builders starting to remove things and demolish the work that had been done.

“The neighbours are really upset with how it looks and the fact it has also ruined the pavement.”

The owner said he would contact Leicester City Council about the pavement when he returned to Leicester.

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