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By Tim C. Lorenz | Agent in Mission Viejo, CA

Unbelievable Story


The Orange County Register carried a story of a couple who built their dream home and cannot move into it this story is unbelievable.  After sinking five years and $700,000 into their dream home, Brian and Cherie Wink got bad news from the Yorba Linda Building Department: The structure is uninhabitable.

When they were trying to get to the bottom of the situation they found that the architect was unlicensed, and the city building inspector was suspended on suspicion of taking bribes from the general contractor.

During the discovery in their legal case the Winks, later learned that another city inspector was accused of asking for building materials from an unrelated developer. 

The Winks discovered:

  1. That the house isn't fastened to the foundation.
  2. Water is leaking through the windows, doors, walls, and roof causing mold.
  3. The electrical wiring, plumbing and framing were not done properly.

There were more deficiencies.  Enough to fill two pages in a lawsuit filed against the contractor Michael Carvale and others.  The Building Department is a main player in the money pit of a home.

In the legal documents alleges that the poorly built structure was certified every step of the way by a private inspector hired by the city.

This is truly and unbelievable story and sad for the Winks.

Tim Lorenz

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