Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — When Gary and Sandy Schuman took a vacation to Florida at the end of February, they decided to have the bathroom redone at their North Transit Road home while they were gone.
They chose a contractor from the city, Vincent Brege’s Affordable Contractors, and figured they’d be coming home to a new bathroom.
Several days after the contractor left, however, the toilet began leaking, then the shower started to leak and crack, and the Schumans started to question the work the contractor had done. They tried to have the issues fixed.
“We kept calling,” Sandy Schuman said. “He refused to answer any of our calls.”
The leaks were only part of the problem with the job.
According to city Building Inspector Jason Dool, Affordable Contractors was given an appearance ticket for working without a building permit. The company told him that they were only replacing a bathroom vanity and a glass block window, Dool said.
In addition, Dool found that the work was being done without the company having a Contractor’s License in the City of Lockport.
According to the law, “any person desiring to engage in the contracting business shall make application for a license to the building inspector.” The license runs yearly, Dool said.
Brege pleaded guilty to the violations and paid the fine imposed by the city.
The Schumans were also sent a violation letter for not getting a building permit. When they went to city hall to answer the letter, they told Dool that the entire bathroom was being gutted and redone.
“We met them at their house and saw the extent of the work that was done, and that completely changed the story on our end,” Dool said. “As far as what permits would have been required, what inspections would have been required, things of that nature.”