EXCLUSIVE: Dream home turns into nightmare for elderly Chandler woman
POSTED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 7:03pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 11:25am
Chandler, Texas (KETK) — Walls with no insulation, unfinished floors, holes left where appliances should be. That's what 79 year old Phyillis Hart of Chandler was left with. Hart says, "The roofers didn't finish their work around the chimney, and the house leaked and I'd never been in it!"
After living in a run-down house, with a tin roof for 29 years off of Martin street, Hart saved up money to build her dream home, right next door on her two acre property.
More than 115 thousand dollars paid in cash—and little to show for it.
Hart says, "It was a bunch of money, it took me a long time to save it."
This dream turned into a nightmare, she says her son recommended Tyler builder, Chris Lindley of "Chris Lindley Construction." She says she trusted her son, and Lindley.
"He had the smoothest mouth you had ever heard," Hart says.
She claims the trouble started when Lindley never paid the contractors. Hart now says she owes nearly $37,000 dollars on top of what she paid for the house.
Hart says she has bill collector knocking on her door daily, "I had leans, I learned, where he hadn't paid for materials."
KETK found out Lindley has served time in the Smith County jail numerous times, for theft.
We have learned through the better business bureau he has complaints against him for the same the same thing Ms. Hart says he did.
Hart is now relying on the generosity of others for bare necessities.
He friends, Howard and Doris Taliaferro say, "we brought her a shelf so she would have something to put her telephone on her pictures and stuff."
Fighting back tears, Hart say's she's trying to forgive him for what she says he's done, "Knowing that I have to pay twice it just really burns me up, that's why I say it's going to be the hardest thing I ever done.”
Don’s TV and Appliances has offered to donate appliances to Ms. Hart, and since this story has aired our KETK newsroom has had dozens of calls from local area builders who are willing to help.
If you would like to help please email Nvowell@ketknbc.com and we will give you the contact information to Phyllis Hart.