Tucson handyman, property owner dispute code violation

Tucson handyman, property owner dispute code violation

Conversion confusion

COMPLAINT: Sherill Hammel, Tucson

"I hired Your Handyman to remodel a room in a rental property. As the job progressed, they suggested I convert the house to all electrical, due to the fact that I was having trouble with a gas line. They assured me that they were qualified to handle the electrical work.

"Upon completion of the conversion, an inspector deemed the workmanship not up to code. I had to hire a licensed electrician to correct the work and bring the rental property back to code. I've contacted the owner to notify him that work had to be redone."

DESIRED RESOLUTION: "I'd like compensation of $1,000. This amount is based on a conservative estimate."

RESPONSE: Oscar Tortosa, owner, Your Handyman

"I was called to check water and gas leaks. The gas was off, but I fixed the water leak. The member asked me how much it would cost to change her stove and water heater to electric. I told her she'd need to upgrade [the appliances] and get permits. She refused. She said it was one of several rentals she had and she didn't want to spend too much.

"I purchased and installed a water heater, pocket door, windows, medicine cabinet, aluminum siding, a window unit, bath cabinet and lavatory. I raised the shower, remodeled the back room, demolished the fireplace, removed the wall furnace and fixed the wall. I supervised the floor installation and several other jobs throughout the house.

"Now she wants to blame me because, when the inspectors caught her and she called me back, it was too late. I was at another job and she had to call someone else to do what I told her in the first place."

STATUS: Stalemate

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