Hi All, I have a problem and don’t know what to do or where to turn now. I have discovered that my house leaks uncontrollably when it rains due to a crap roof design.
We bought the house in 07 and only discovered that it leaked at the end of 2009 when the drought broke, all over my living room floor. Since then we have tried several methods of fixing the problem and nothing is working.
We have been denied an insurance payout/fix as the reason for leaking is poor build, not the amount of rain. We have had two rough quotes given to us for between 30 & 50k for redesign of the roof. Obviously we cannot afford this and don’t think that we should have to pay for it anyway.
It is just shy of 10 years since compliance and we have lodged a complaint with the relevant authority regarding a breach of code, outcome unknown as yet, but they cant force him to fix it even if they find he is in the wrong.
We have been advised to get a lawyer involved but the two I have spoken to so far have requested a $10k retainer and 3-4 hundred per hour. Again, not money I have lying around…
So, the builder doesn’t think he should fix it as we have taken 2 years to contact him since the leak first occurred. I am currently writing him the obligatory letter of demand as per fair trading’s requirements but am at a loss as to who to turn to. The builder is at fault, of that there is not doubt. Does anyone know of a lawyer that might not charge quite so much??
Anyone out there who has been through a similar situation? We are almost at the point now where the damage to the internal gyprock is dangerous and may fall in the next rain storm.