Home builder denies complaints alleging deceitful practices from attorney general’s office


Home builder denies complaints alleging deceitful practices from attorney general’s office

WATERTOWN — A local modular home builder has denied allegations of poor business practices based on complaints received by the state attorney general’s office.The AG’s office filed a compliance order against Stanley Hall and his business, Walker’s Manufactured Housing Inc., on Monday demanding he comply with a subpoena by testifying to multiple complaints accusing his company of delivering incomplete homes, delaying construction, falsely advertising its services and refusing to provide refunds. According to the order, Mr. Hall denied answering the AG office’s questions during a May 27, 2017, subpoena hearing, with his counsel, attorney H. Charles Livingston Jr., citing Mr. Hall’s Fifth Amendment rights. The AG’s office argued that Mr. Hall’s silence was unjustified and he used the Fifth Amendment improperly by not asserting the right for specific questions. Mr. Hall said he has never received any complaints of incomplete buildings, delays, not following design specifications or other similar accusations in 52 years of business. When asked why he asserted his Fifth Amendment rights during the conference, Mr. Hall said he was following his attorney’s advice. “There’s a lot of false information; a lot of false accusations” from the AG’s office, Mr. Hall said. The AG’s office cited a particular complaint that Mr. Hall challenged in which a family accused the carpenter of delivering them a home without carpeting, skirting, sewage, water, a fireplace or a certificate of occupancy in 2016. The family also accused Mr. Hall of promising to deliver the home in a few weeks, then leaving them waiting 165 days while they lived in a camper on their property until November of 2016.When the family refused to sign the paperwork to approve the house, Mr. Hall allegedly worked on the home for two days then stopped and demanded the family to sign the paperwork. After the family refused again, Mr. Hall allegedly served a lien on their property on Nov. 28, 2016, and then place the property up for sale a couple days later, according to the court order. “This has been a total nightmare for our family. We have lost everything. We were freezing in our camper and no one cared,” the family, which has already moved into another home, stated in the court order. “(Mr. Hall) right out refused to give an itemized purchase agreement. I still don’t have one. Wouldn’t give a move in date. I feel he could never repay anything he owes us.” Mr. Hall said the home for the family included everything they asked for, adding that he planned to connect the home to water and sewer lines that were previously attached to the trailer. The carpenter also said he had his attorney place a lien on the property after the bank that helped financed the family’s land purchase demanded his company pay off the debt after the family allegedly failed to make payments to the bank. While he originally tried to sell the property, Mr. Hall took it off the market. “It was all complete. It was done. They didn’t sign the paperwork,” he said. “You have to sign the paperwork to move in.”Mr. Hall has until late June to respond to the AG office’s order.
Source: Watertown Daily Times Latest News
Home builder denies complaints alleging deceitful practices from attorney general’s office

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