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Builder ‘destroys his own work after owner refused to pay £3,500’

Guilford Road in Stoneygate, Leicester, is a pleasant, tree-lined avenue with detached homes where average values are more than ?540,000. But one house looks like something from the Blitz, with its roof missing and rubble scattered all around it after a builder decided to undo the work he'd done after a row about cash. The 40-year-old owner of the house, who bought it last year, told LeicestershireLive that he and the builder who had been working on the house had a dispute over money.
The house has been left without a roof and a gaping hole (Picture: BPM)

A man who is still on holiday will return to find his home without a roof following a row with a builder.

The 40-year-old said their was a dispute over building work on the house in Stoneygate, Leicester, leading him to refuse to pay £3,500.

He said: ‘I had gone on holiday and was 200 miles when it all happened on Tuesday.

‘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.

‘I bought the house last year. The builder started in February and we wanted lots of work done so it could become our family home for six of us.

‘We wanted a two-storey extension, a new roof, new wiring and for it to be more environmentally-friendly. Unfortunately I picked the worst builder.’

He said that after refusing to pay the builder, he left it building in its current state and the scaffolding was then retrieved by the scaffolding company.

How the house looked prior to the work being destroyed (Picture: Google Street View)
How the house looked prior to the work being destroyed (Picture: Google Street View)

A neighbour said the building work had left the street a mess. They said: ‘The work had been going on and there was scaffolding up and it all had planning permission.

‘Then people noticed the builders starting to remove things and demolish the work that had been done.

‘The neighbours are really upset with how it looks and the fact it has also ruined the pavement.’

The owner said he would contact Leicester City Council about the pavement when he returned to Leicester.

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