John Kozlik bought a house in South Minneapolis and discovered predatory remodeling done without permits or inspections.
- A staircase had been removed and another one had been built in the same space going the opposite direction.
- Electrical and plumbing work had been done without a permit.
- A bathroom had been built without a permit.
- The basement walls had water intrusion problems and severe mold that were concealed behind drywall.
After discovery, the home’s appraised value dropped 66%.
The house was sold by a flipper called Ace of Spaces, LLC. The company was dissolved shortly after the sale.
John describes the stressful ordeal as the worst period in his life. “The world became a much darker place for me.” he says. “And almost every business that does repairs or restoration were just there to fully capitalize on our loss.”
More of John’s story was aired on WCCO news.