In March, a couple in New Jersey purchased a $2 million luxury condominium in Weehawken.
What started as a move into a conceivable dream home for most, given the gourmet kitchen, spa-like bathrooms, and spacious balconies, turned into an actual nightmare when the couple started renovating.
According to the New York Post, the lead contractor for the renovations, Derrick S., notified the couple that bottles of urine had been found behind the walls and in the ceiling — but that wasn’t all.
In an interview with the New York Post, the contractor explained:
“I notified the client I was working for … There was also food that was left in the walls. Containers [of] Chinese food with food still in it. Wrappers from cupcakes and all different stuff. The urine, [the] feces. To my knowledge that’s all very bad for your health. There were a lot of things I saw that [weren’t] up to code.”
The insulation that had been installed in the master bedroom reportedly was soaked in urine, and bottles of urine were “falling” from the ceiling:
“There were urine bottles falling out of the ceiling. As we moved some of the insulation there were bottles of urine in it that fell out. It’s such poor quality for these people buying units spending all this money.”
The couple’s contractor told the New York Post: “I’ve never ever really seen anything like this before.”
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According to NJ.com, the couple filed a lawsuit on behalf of their holding company, Shiloh Holdings, against the construction company, Lennar Sales Corporation, for $6 million in damages alleging fraud and breach of warranty.
The couple contends when they demanded Lennar further inspect the unit by opening up all of the walls and ceilings to determine “there were no more urine-filled bottles, food scraps or other hazardous and mold-causing substances hidden behind the walls” the company reportedly refused, agreeing to remove only a small portion of wall near the floor.
According to the couple’s attorney, Philip C. Chronakis, although the construction company admitted embarrassment over the situation, they have refused to address it.
In an interview with the New York Post, Chronakis said:
“Lennar seems to think it can get away with business as usual — by advertising luxury — while selling garbage — in Hudson County. Wrong. I’m going to have a Hudson County jury look at what Lennar did — those jurors will be outraged as should all of us.”
The condition of their condominium promoted the couple to offer the unit back to Lennar who reportedly rejected the offer. According to the couple’s lawsuit, they are still required to pay maintenance fees, property taxes, and mortgage charges, although the home is “uninhabitable.” Lennar reportedly has issued a lien against the couple for failing to pay the fees, according to NJ.com. A spokesman for the company said they do not comment on pending litigation.
The couple’s home remains unoccupied.