Shawn Murray. Murray-Locane and Associates Corrupt real estate agent and self-made investor sells shoddy house flips Hamilton Ancaster Ontario Canada
In February 2017, we purchased a home in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. The home seemingly had been newly renovated by “professional and licensed” contractors, and I use this term very loosley. It had all the pleasing appeals, hardwood floors, granite countertops, top finishes in the bathrooms. Or so it seemed.
The seller/investor that had purchased our property from the original owner for a fraction of the cost in order to do a quick and shoddy flip, had also purchased the house next door. The day we moved in, on April 19th, 2017, it had been raining quite heavily. We were told that our basement was damp, as all cellars in a house over 120+ go, however when we had gone down to the cellar, there was a running brook that you could kayak on. We had a mini whirlpool in the cellar portion of the house.
At first, the seller insisted that we get three different quotes for water proofing and that he would split the cost with us. Which we did, and the seller then backpaddled and insisted that he never said such thing and would not be pitching in. We had attempted to contact his lawyer with proper documentation through our lawyer. No one ever got back to us.
Mold started to grow on the new studs in the cellar, as well as the basement in the addition portion of the house started to have mold growing on the walls. I have severe asthma, and whenever I went to the cellar or the basement, it would make breathing difficult.
As weeks progressed with no contact from the seller or his lawyer, the carpet in the finished basement portion started to rise. We had contractors come and rip it up. There were pools of standing water underneath. We also took out all the drywall, all the cement block walls were extremely wet.
To add insult to injury, we had a structural engineer assess the addition portion of the basement and deem it as unsafe. We would have to reinforce all the cement block walls, dig down and now lose 400 of square feet of basement space to a crawl space to make the house structurally sound, so the back of it wouldn’t collapse.
As per the report generated by the structural engineer, the seller was aware of the structural issues and tried to cover it up by installing dry wall in the addition basement section. Also the attempt at “water-proofing” that was done in the space, was not done correctly. We are now looking at additional costs of $40,000+ that we did not anticipate.