Builder DEMOLISHES $700,000 home while owners are on holiday because they refused to pay additional $5,000

Leicester, UK: A £500,000 ($708,670) house has been destroyed after an angry builder smashed up the work he had completed in a row over pay.

Neighbors were in shock when the newly renovated home on their beautiful street was crushed to rubble overnight.

Owner Jay Kurji – a 40-year-old Solutions Architect – bought the Stoneygate house in April for £475,000 (673,236). It is currently valued at more than £500,000 ($708,670).

A builder was hired to do the renovations, including a two-story extension and enlarged kitchen diner, to the four-bedroom property in February.

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But things got heated when Mr. Kurji refused to pay the builder an additional £3,500 ($4960).

And, as a result, last Tuesday the builder destroyed the work he had completed. Meanwhile, Mr. Kurji was on holiday with his family hundreds of miles away.

Mr. Kurji said the following:

“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 doing 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.”

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He said it was an act of vengeance and added:

“I was on holiday 200 miles away when all the scaffolding was taken down
and the house damaged.

“When I called police they told me they couldn’t do anything because it’s a dispute so not a criminal care.

“I’ve emailed Trading Standards but I’m still away so it’s difficult to sort it all out.”

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Locals said they “watched in disbelief” as the builders destroyed much of the house with a digger.

One person 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.”

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