Belmont contractor accused of walking off remodeling job

Belmont contractor accused of walking off remodeling job

COMPLAINT: Miriam Anderson, Belmont, N.C.

"I signed a contract with Murphy Homes Inc. to build an in-law suite on my daughter's home. They started framing, plumbing, wiring, and poured a driveway, put on the roof and installed three windows.

"The work was to be completed in a three-month span. Due to many days of inclement weather, holidays, and vacations as well as delays in getting building materials, the contractor simply walked off the job. This happened without a word to myself or my daughter."

DESIRED RESOLUTION: "I'd like a $5,000 refund."

COMPANY RESPONSE: Chris Murphy, president, Murphy Homes Inc.

"We did not charge for any labor or materials that were not performed. We gave repeated notices about the lack of progress on her job site due to material selections not being made by her or her daughter.

"The contract specifically states a reasonable timeline for work to be completed and that's where the member was in breach of contract.

"Delays totaling 69 days on a scheduled 92-day project are documented. We gave the member all invoices for the job up to that point, along with a reimbursement for what she had overpaid."

STATUS: Stalemate

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