Furious builder destroys house he worked on ‘after owner refused to pay him

Furious builder destroys house he worked on ‘after owner refused to pay him

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AN architect’s house worth £540,000 was left in ruins after a furious builder returned to demolish the work he had done after a money row.

The builder destroyed the house he built because the owner Mr Jay Kurji, who is on holiday, refused to pay him an additional amount of money.

The builder used machinery to pull down the roof and knock down chunks of wall.

He removed a window then dumped all the brickwork and debris on the stunned family’s driveway.The property has been left roofless and uninhabitable.

Homeowner, Jay Kurji, 40, asked for a two-storey extension and an enlarged kitchen on his house in Stoneygate, Leicester. However, he fell out with his builder after he refused to pay an extra £3,500.

Mr Kurji, a Solutions Architect for an IT firm, said: “It’s a nightmare, unfortunately I picked the worst builder in Britain. “I bought the house last year and employed a builder to start work in February.

“We wanted lots of work done, so it could be our family home for six of us.“The work included a two-storey extension, a new roof, wiring and we wanted it to be more environmentally-friendly.”

The house before

Mr Kurji said the builder took revenge when he refused to cough up extra money.

He said: “I was on holiday 200 miles away, when it all happened.

“I’ve contacted the police, who said it was a dispute and not a criminal case, and I’ve emailed Trading Standards. I’m still on holiday so it’s difficult to sort out from here.

Neighbours living in the street said they “watched in disbelief” as the builders demolished much of the house with a digger.

The house now

One said: “There was scaffolding on the house and when it was taken down I did think the work might be done already and the owners might be moving in.

“I was stunned when I walked past the house last week and saw that the roof had been ripped off and the new extension was just a hole in the front of the house.

“I feel badly for the owners, they must be absolutely gutted.”

Mr Kurji bought the property on Guilford Road, Stoneygate, Leicester, last April for £475,000. It is currently valued at more than £500,000.

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