A Gold Coast pensioner has sunk nearly $500,000 into a new home - only to be left with no kitchen, laundry or driveway. Now he’s sharing his house of horrors story as a warning to others.
ALISTER THOMSON, Gold Coast Bulletin Subscriber only|December 12, 2019 10:00pm
LES Watts has sunk nearly $500,000 into a home that does not have a kitchen, laundry or driveway, and some of the windows have been put in upside down.
The Gold Coast pensioner, living on less than $500 a week, is resigned to continuing his five-year nightmare, but is hellbent on ensuring someone else does not lose their dream home before Christmas.
Mr Watts’ unfinished house in Parkwood has so many defects he has no way of getting it insured. The 66-year-old says he does not owe any money, yet is legally banned from living at the property.
And he wants to know why innocent, hardworking Australians who pay their bills can be subject to ruin through no fault of their own.
The former architectural draftsman, who spent decades designing golf courses in China, wants answers from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.
He says now-banned builder Adrian Hill was able to get away with poor-quality work for so long because of a failed system.
Mr Hill, who was this year banned from the industry until September 2022, was not contactable.
Now Mr Watts is left with a two-bedroom home with no kitchen, no driveway, a laundry and garage that floods when it rains.