When a Renovation by an Unlicensed Entity Goes Terribly Wrong!
By Joe Ducey, ABC 15
It looks like a new home that hasn't been finished.
It is actually a $29,000 renovation, where the unlicensed builder left without most of the work being done.
Sisters Amanda and Lorena Groeneveld have no cabinets, no bathroom fixtures, and no flooring in their Ahwatukee home.
They hired Finished Touch Renovations to do the work. They say owner Scott Riley was eager to take their money.
In fact, they say even after work had basically halted, Riley wanted another $8,000.
That's when they said no more.
Right now, the Arizona Registrar of Contractors is looking into six complaints involving Finished Touch Renovations. They say Scott Riley does not have a state contractor's license and they sent him a warning.
In some of the complaints, homeowners also mention Danny Scott. Riley calls Scott his partner in a letter sent to homeowners and he blames Scott for the business problems.
We reached out to Danny Scott and got no reply.
But customers also say Scott Riley blamed others throughout the delays and took no blame himself.
Riley told ABC15 he wanted to give his side of the story.
We set up a time to talk at a park near him. He didn't show up.
Amanda and Lorena say they put their life savings into renovating the home. They're deciding what to do next.
Also, NEVER give much money upfront.
ALWAYS pay as little as possible and pay the rest on progress
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