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'Afraid and Desperate': A Wilton Senior Seeks Advice

An 83-year-old woman claims she is the victim of a botched roofing job and is seeking advice.

I am an 83-year-old widow who hired a contractor to replace my roof in August. By the end of September, he said the roof was "done" and I went into the hospital and had surgery; when I came out of rehab, there were leaks in the roof, inside the house was ripped out and my bedroom was unlivable. We had given him a $6,000 deposit upfront on a $10,000 job.

The roof was done wrong and is damaged, now, the contractor put a lien on my home and won’t come back to finish the roof unless I pay him an additional $14,000 upfront for work that was never authorized but he says we owe him for.

We tried to get another roofer to finish, but everyone who sees what a wreck it is says it [needs to go] to court and [therefore] no one wants to get involved. The lawyers are expensive and they say this case is too small to be worth it. The buildings department says they are not allowed to climb ladders or get on top of a roof so they can’t fully inspect the job. The Department of Consumer Protection is looking at the case, but winter is coming and I don't have a roof to protect me.

I am afraid and desperate - and don't know where to turn.  

-Name has been redacted by request

[Ed's note: For legal reasons, any responses attempting to identify the contractor will be removed and the user risks having his/her username banned]

Amo Probus December 01, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Let me have her phone number and I will help to get her roof fixed for the winter one way or the other
karen H December 05, 2011 at 06:18 PM
thanks to everyone who offered support and sympathy - we will update once there is a resolution. we are still leaking :( As I understand it, legal aid is for criminal defendants, who will get a public defender. The limited means services of the Ct Bar Assn do not offer reduced rates for this type of litigation, despite low income or elderly - it and the college law clinics only offer help in certain civil cases like landlord tenant, family and employment cases, not this - but thanks for the thoughts we have filed with DCP and the BBB - no decision there yet. dont be mad at the Patch, they must redact the contractor's name or they could be sued, since this is still a dispute, not a closed case.
EMR December 05, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Are you an AARP member? The have discounts for attorneys
CONNIE HANEY December 05, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Yes, I am... thanks for this tip - will followup on it. And thank you for yur interest and concern. CH
Craig Donofrio December 06, 2011 at 12:03 AM
I'm going to be really happy if publishing this helped fix your roof!

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