Dream home comes with faulty roof, no recourse

 

HOPKINS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An Allegan County family did all the right things when they bought their new home, but they're stuck with expensive repairs anyway.

Leslie Johr and her husband were happy to get the farmhouse on 132nd Avenue southwest of Wayland. It's the perfect place for them, their five kids and their goats.

She said the previous owner had a new metal roof put on the house last year, not long before putting it up for sale. But the new roof soon went bad.

"It was about 3:30 in the morning. We heard a loud noise and my husband went downstairs and the ceiling in the sun room was laying on my sewing machine. And my husband came upstairs and said, 'We have a leak,'" Johr recalled.

They got the guy who installed the roof to come out. Johr said he put some caulk on the roof, but that didn't solve the problem.

"I have more leaks now around my chimney that we found yesterday. I'm afraid that more leaks are going to show up," she said.

She had other contractors look at the roof. They told her it was poorly installed.

"Two months into living in it, our roof's leaking and we find out it's not done professionally," she said. "Guy wasn't even licensed."

The man who did the job, Steve VanHouten, does not appear to have a residential builder's license from the state.

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