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Roof repair company doesn't pay bills; leaves customers with liens

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STOCKBRIDGE, GA (CBS46) -

Stephanie King and Derrick Walker, of Stockbridge, have had a lien placed on their home because the company who recently installed their roof hasn't paid its bills. 

CBS Atlanta News has learned that four customers, who paid Massachusetts-based TJR Construction, LLC to repair their hail-damage roofs, have had liens placed on their homes by the contractor's supplier.

Under Georgia law, suppliers can place liens on properties when a contractor or mechanic fails to pay for materials.  The liens are called mechanic's or materialman's liens, according to the Governor's Office of Consumer Protection website.

"Here I pay almost $6 thousand for a roof and they didn't pay for any of the materials.  I wonder where did my money actually go," said Walker.

"I was upset immediately," said King.

The Buckhead office listed on the company's ads was vacant when CBS Atlanta News visited Friday.

Reached by phone at company headquarters in Massachusetts, owner Toby Richards told CBS Atlanta News reporter Jeff Chirico that he is having money troubles. 

"I have every intention of paying back the distributor for all the supplies that we used on the homeowner's homes," said Richards.

A check of the Secretary of State's website showed TJR Construction is not registered to do business in Georgia.

"I assumed we were registered. Which is bad of me. I made a mistake assuming that," said Richards.

Richards said it could take several weeks or months to pay his supplier the $10,000 he owes.

According to the state consumer protection website, materialman's liens are considered "weak liens" because they expire after 12 months, don't appear on one's personal credit report and don't prevent the sale or rental of the property.

Richards said he will not be repairing anymore homes in Georgia and released this statement:

"On behalf of my company, I would like to add that financial difficulties affect businesses at certain points in time. It was never my intent to deceive anyone and as far as I am concerned, the supply bill for materials lies with RSA Supply Group and is not the financial burden of the homeowner at this point. We DID COMPLETE the roofing projects but we owe the supply company money toward materials. This bill with the supply company will be paid over a short period of time, which will absolve any attachments of the homeowners property. Again, we have EVERY intention of making good on our bill with the supply company. Please use this for my official statement as the homeowners roofs were completed ! Thank you."

Sincerely,

Toby Richard

TJR Construction

For information about how to avoid and defend against mechanic's or materialman's liens, click on the Governor's Office of Consumer Protection website.

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