A court has heard that a retired woman was forced back into work after a builder charged almost £26,000 for a botched loft conversion.
Marc Foley, a director of MAF Construction and Sons Ltd which is now dissolved, appeared at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to three charges under Consumer Protection Regulations.
Foley from Allensbank Road in Heath was paid £25,650 in cash from Diane McDonald in November 2015 to build a loft conversion at her home in Cyncoed, Cardiff.
The court heard that Mrs McDonald has had to have psychiatric help with the stress that has been caused by Mr Foley.
In December 2016, leaks started appearing around the chimney and there were issues with the radiators.
Cardiff Council’s Building Control Officers found the work didn’t meet the required standards and there wasn’t a guarantee for the works.
Mrs McDonald had to pay an additional £27,000 to a different company for the work to be rectified to meet building standards.
District Judge Bodfan Jenkins described the situation as a particularly serious case:
After asking Mr Foley to stand to his feet, District Judge Bodfan Jenkins said:
Marc Foley was given bail and ordered to attend Cardiff Crown Court on November 23rd.