Chicago homeowner wants remodeling company to remove lien

Chicago homeowner wants remodeling company to remove lien

COMPLAINT: Callie Lipkin, Chicago

"I hired Finnegan Development Inc. for an extensive remodel. They installed a master steam shower improperly. They rehabbed a deck, but it never passed inspection. I withheld money from the deck project because of other problems, and Finnegan put a lien on my property.

"In one of the contracts, he overcharged $12,000, and I was reimbursed for only half. They had to tear up part of the basement foundation. I was billed twice for this. They didn't do it properly, and now there's water seepage in the basement. They also caused roof leaks when installing the HVAC system."

DESIRED RESOLUTION: "I would like to get the lien removed and get reimbursed for my shower repairs and overcharges. I would also like the plumbing problem and basement seepage fixed."

RESPONSE: Jim Finnegan, president, Finnegan Development Inc.

"Complainant refused to pay a $10,000 balance for work performed. The specific complaint is untrue. The shower was built properly. The city inspector asked for six changes to the deck. All but one were made and approved. The final required an engineer's report.

"She refused to sign my change order and didn't pay the engineer for his contracted work. There were never any duplicate charges or overcharges. The basement slab is original, and waterproofing the slab and walls were not in my contracted scope.

'I discovered the roof masonry parapet walls had deteriorated joints. The member ignored the real issue.

'The lien will not be removed until the outstanding sum is paid."

STATUS: Stalemate

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