Family stuck in ‘house of horrors’ with doors falling off and holes in walls

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A mum says she’s been left living in a house of horrors after moving to Scotland hoping for a fresh start.

Helen Davey, 41, moved near to Airdrie from Ipswich last year in the hope of getting her son into a nearby specialist school for blind children.

Freddie, nine, who has autism, lost an eye in a freak accident when he fell into a loft-hatch hole last year, reports the Daily Record.

The family decided to relocate to Scotland after Freddie and brother Frankie, seven, were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following the accident.

But their dreams have turned to a nightmare, according to insurance worker Helen.

She claims the £245,000 new-build home in Greengairs they bought from housebuilders Ochilview Limited has been beset with problems since they moved in last November and has dropped in value.

The home was built by banned company director Patrick Bergin, who used to own the land.

He was disqualified from being a director in 2017 and was once convicted of stealing a police patrol car as officers waited for breathalyser equipment to arrive after he was pulled over for erratic driving.

Helen said: “We moved in to number 13 on Friday the 13th and that sums up the house.

“We couldn’t view it due to Covid but did virtual viewings.

“It seems all the stuff they had in during those viewings has been replaced with tat.

“I knew there was going to be real issues when we opened the front door and it wouldn’t shut.”

Estate agents described it as a “stunning” five-bed detached villa which was finished to “a fantastic standard throughout”.

But Helen claims she has found a host of problems.

She said: “There were holes all over the house. Skirting boards were not fitted properly. The toilet and sink, although plumbed in, had not been secured and were loose.

“In the kitchen, the sink and integrated dishwasher were not plumbed in or sealed. I opened the door of the electric oven and it
came away.

“There were no kick plates at the base of the units. When I opened one of the cupboards, the unit came away as it had only been secured with one screw.

“Throughout the house, internal doors could not be closed, door frames and windows were unfinished and did not meet the walls.

“The walls looked like they had only had one coat of paint and outside was just as bad. Rendering on the outside walls had also not been completed.”

Helen complained to Ochilview Limited, run by husband and wife Alex and Annmarie McCready, who blamed builder Bergin in text messages.

The McCreadys agreed to fix the problems but the remedial work has stalled over the extent of what should be done.

Bergin is now building a property nearby.

Helen added: “I see this man every day and think about how bad a job he’s done on this house.

“This was meant to be the luxury showroom on a new estate that will comprise of five other houses.

“People need to be aware of what they are dealing with.”

Annmarie McCready, of Ochilview Limited, said: “We haven’t walked away from fixing this. I’ve tried to help. She has threatened the builder as well as me.

“We have told her if she provides a list of repairs we will carry them out. She thinks she has overpaid for the house and is unhappy.”

Bergin said: “I’ve built just about all the houses on the site and there are 22 of them. I’ve never had a complaint.

“Most repairs have been done. It’s a cracking house.

“There’s still a couple of things to be resolved but they asked me for £8000 as compensation and I’m not interested in doing that.

“It’s a nightmare. At the end of the day they should have come and looked at the house before buying it.”