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Expert reports; SHEFACESpounds 10,000BILLTOREPAIRHERHOME, BUT HE TAKES HER TO COURT FOR UNPAID WORK.

GRAHAM SHONE, of building and surveying firm Freetec Associates Ltd, of Huyton: Some building regulations ignored including relocation of the door, compliance with new rules on safety of electrics in the home, and ventilation requirements.

Damage to kitchen floor due to flood.

Substandard electrical work including electrics behind shower cubicle - which is prohibited.

Wiring in loft unsuitable and installed incorrectly.

Bathroom design not fit for purpose.

CHARTERED surveyor Leslie Byrom, of Byrom and Thomas: "Works took far too long: two weeks more than adequate". "Quality of the works is very poor, the workmanship shoddy, incomplete and amateurish".

"Finishings of the decor board completely unacceptable, wall panels not sealed against water and many sections have subsequently fallen off".

"Shower stall unsafe, un-useable, dangerous and left in unacceptable condition...not secured or properly mounted and can be moved several inches with the slightest pressure of the hand".

RECOMMENDATIONS: Decor boarding removed and wall covering started from fresh, shower stall to be securely fixed, operation of the sliding door improved, whole area finished to an acceptable standard and attention to the fittings and finishes to the water tank in the loft.

CONCLUSION:

"Works seen are not of merchantable quality".

"The builder has not proceeded diligently with the works, they took far too long".

"The finished quality is not acceptable or up to the standards expected from an average builder"

"The shower stall has been left in a dangerous condition that would not comply with the building regulations".

Will cost pounds 2,200 to put bathroom right.

"I do not feel you owe the contractor any more money, on the contrary, you should be seeking recompense from him."
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 10, 2006
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