May 22, 2019 7:59 pm
Updated: May 23, 2019 5:45 pm

Dispute over reno job leaves Enderby woman homeless

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Karen Wesman has a home. It’s in Enderby. But right now, she considers herself homeless.

“I stay with a friend in Kelowna sometimes; I stay with my daughter in Vernon,” she said.

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Wesman says she’s staying with friends and family because she can’t live in her home after a renovation job, which started more than a year ago, didn’t go as planned.

Wesman had a bunch of work that needed to be done to the house — basically, the house was gutted by the contractor. But she says that after a dispute over money, the contractor abandoned the project.

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She says what started as a small reno job estimated to be in the $8,000 range has more than tripled in price.

“I’ve given him $28,000,” Wesman said.

The contractor, Gene Bevan of Top Shelf Renovations in Lumby, says Wesman was quoted for a small job, but the cost went up substantially after he uncovered mold and asbestos.

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Bevan he stopped the job because Wesman had become abusive.

“I stopped the job because she was threatening me and I even sent her a text message saying could you please not send me text messages,” said Bevan.

“If you would like to speak, send me an email as you’re causing me anxiety.”

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Bevan claims 90 per cent of the job is done. Now both sides are going after each other in court. Bevan says he’s suing Wesman for more than $35,000.

Wesman has launched a civil case against Top Shelf Renovations.

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