Homes at risk after builder goes bankrupt
The following article from the Herald Sun tells the story of Rav & Simran.
by: Stephen Drill
From: Herald Sun
October 06, 2013 9:30PM
Rav Kandra and wife Simran outside their unfinished home. Source: News Limited
A BANKRUPT builder has left a trail of destruction as 20 homeowners in Melbourne’s
west are left with uninsured, half-built homes that are being vandalised. ARB Homes went into liquidation in September with unfinished homes in Truganina. The business owes creditors $7.2 million and had been building almost 60 houses in the area. The building of the homes has been transferred to Creation Homes, but they are refusing to finish the properties unless owners pay higher prices. Until they pay the extra, the under-construction homes are not insured. Families can’t insure them because they technically don’t own them. Creation Homes said ARB Homes pricing was an issue in the company going bankrupt. Vandals are breaking in, graffitiing the walls, damaging windows and there are fears appliances may go missing. The Victorian Managed Insurance Authority provides last-resort cover for homeowners when a builder goes bust. But homeowners are frustrated at the delays the government authority has in processing their claims and, in the meantime, they are left with incomplete homes that are vulnerable to vandalism. Rav Kandra is at least $20,000 out of pocket on his $250,000 home after an insurance pay out. “People are dumping rubbish outside my house,” he said. “I’m scared that if there is a fire, if anything was to happen, the majority of us would be bankrupt. “Properties are getting vandalised, there’s graffiti on the walls.” Creation Homes director Sean Lefoe said owners were not obliged to go with his company. “We have provided them with a quote and that is all,” he said. “Maybe one of the issues with the other company going under is that they didn’t have their pricing right.” VMAI chief executive Warren Hutcheon said the authority would determine the claims from the ARB homes collapse within the 90-day time limit. “Time frames to fully resolve claims vary from case to case, depending on the complexity of the claim, and whether an owner receives a cash settlement or appoints a builder to complete the works,” Mr Hutcheon said.
– with James Dowling