Hi Late November we took on a building contract with durban construction recommended by dial a contractor. Owners name Ally Hoosen Sheik and Dave(who's name is really shoheb wahab). Ally and dave came out to give us a quote which we were happy with and accepted. I was not going to build in December an we will start in jan however Ally came to me the following day and told me he could start my building now and finish on the 9th of January as stated in his contract. He assured us he would work throughout the December holiday period. Due to this my wife and I accepted his proposal and he required a 50% deposit (45000) in order to start the building and order the materials for the decking. Ally came to our house the next day with Dave and 3 guys and they removed the roof and windows from the building. We then paid him the R45000 deposit to order the materials to start the decking. They came through over the next 2 days and continued breaking walls etc. After this and us paying him the deposit he tells me that the engineers plan for the decking is for a concrete slab and he wants to do block and beam. He initially saw the plan from the engineer when he came to give us the contract and he was fine with it he did not mention to us at all that it is incorrect. He still went on to request for the deposit to order the materials. Once he got the deposit then he tells me that the plan is wrong and he needs a new plan from the engineer for block and beam. We then had to request that the engineer redo the plan for an additional charge of R400. The engineer did this for us over 4 to 5 days as that is his lead time. When we received the plan we then emailed him the plan and told him to order the material.
I did not get a reply on Thursday so I called him Friday morning and he said to me that it was too late to order material as his supplier was closed. I asked if we could get our own supplier and he said no and that his guys were going on holiday and he was having a company break up party. (Bear in mind he initially agreed to work throughout dec). Had he told us the plan was incorrect in the beginning we would of started the building in January as I wanted to do knowing that places would close for ordering material and I would not have a house. This was the last we heard from Ally or dave until Monday last week. On Monday I spoke to dave and he said ally is on holiday in cape town and he had ordered the material for our decking and he would be back on the 12th to start. I then managed to finally speak to Ally on Wednesday last week after trying to contact him numerous times, he assured me that he and I quote " has everything under control and would be at our property with the material on Monday 12th and Wednesday the 14th the decking and steps would be up". To my surprise Monday morning nobody pitches up, I called Ally and there was no answer, I then called Dave and Dave says to me that Ally is still on holiday and that he was waiting for his guys at Umgeni station and they did not pitch up and that they would definitely be here the next day (Tuesday). Up until now nobody pitches up, nobody answers their phone or responds to messages or voice mails left. I get a message from Dave this morning saying that he spoke to Ally regarding our job and Ally says he cannot do it and I must send my banking details for him to refund my money. I sent the details and asked for it to be sent immediately so I can get another builder and get started and up until now there is no payment and still no sign or word from Ally or Dave.
|Crime Date/Time:||1 Dec 2014, 00:12 AM|
|Reported Date:||23 Jan 2015, 14:01 PM|