This is a story we’ve talked about before on the blog – and one many of you had strong feelings about – and now the Metrowest Daily News gives us more detail about how one Southborough family’s dream home became their nightmare.
Kathryn and Christian Culley say the newly-built home at 22A Lovers Lane started falling apart just weeks after they moved into it in 2005. They claim it was built illegally on poor-quality fill, and they’ve been fighting for justice ever since.
A Middlesex Superior Court jury ruled last summer that the 3,500-square-foot, $1.1 million home the Culleys bought in 2004 was built shoddily, and those who built and sold it to them had committed fraud.
During the course of the legal proceedings, builder Gary Cato lost his license, as did two engineers, John Greendale and Carlos Ferreira, who both admitted to stamping plans improperly. After a monthlong trial, a jury awarded the Culleys $1.1 million in damages, an amount that was to be tripled automatically because of the fraud and building code violations.
A year later, though, the Culleys haven’t seen a cent. They are still looking for resolution.
The town of Southborough was not named in the Culley’s suit, but in a deposition Peter Johnson, the building inspector at the time, admitted he allowed construction of the home to continue even though the builder had not applied for a building permit, and signed off a temporary certificate of occupancy without having all the required building data.
You can read all the details – and see photos of the home – in this article by the MWDN.