House on the market but tradies who built it were never paid
THE luxury Alexandra Headland home tradies built, but have never been paid for, appears to be on the market.
But the angry tradies who lost money with the financial collapse of the builder, Warren David Griffiths, are determined not to give up the fight to get their money back.
While many tradies have lost money before in insolvencies, this one is personal.
Mr Griffiths is living in the home they built as it is listed in the name of his wife, Kerry.
Mr Griffiths also appears to be taking no responsibility for the demise of his business, which has left the tradies about $400,000 out of pocket.
Tempers flared this week when pool builder Cec Seaton, from Spracon, received a call from a woman inquiring about his work as she was interested in buying the property.
"I asked her how much she was paying for it, but she wouldn't say," Mr Seaton said.
"The home is worth about $1.6 million, but they will probably try and offload it quickly for less."
Smart Doors owner Roger Bryant said the tradies had decided to pool their cash to hire a lawyer in the hope they could place a caveat on the property.
This would prevent Mrs Griffiths from being able to sell it until their bills were paid.
He said they were also hopeful they could "go after Mrs Griffiths" to get the money owed to them.
Mr Seaton said many people in the industry had been talking about the case as it seemed "so wrong".
"To hire people, build a house, then just as it's finished declare bankruptcy but live in it because it is in your wife's name is wrong," he said.
Mr Griffiths had previously told the Daily his company had "gone down", but it had "nothing to do with" his wife.
Attempts to get hold of him yesterday were unsuccessful.