New Haven (WTNH) - A widow claims a painter, who was hired while her husband wasalive, has not finished the job now that her husband has died.
Friday, October 16, marks the one-year anniversary of the suddendeath of Maureen Lynch's husband.
The New Haven couple had been getting some work done on theirhouse but that came to a screeching halt. Now, she wants answersand the work continued.
The windows were replaced and they looked good, so Maureen andher husband Mike asked the same contractor, Mark Nash of Cheshire,to replace the gutters and re-paint the house.
"I didn't know Mr. Nash before this but my husband's familydid," said Maureen.
Nash hired a sub-contractor, a painter, who stripped off thepaint and put on primer but that was it. He also replaced thegutters. Now, every time it rains, it pours down the sides of thehouse.
And the house has had just primer for well over a year.
"Out in the back, I see buckling," said Maureen.
It's down to the bare wood in patches which she's afraid willnow rot. But worse than all this, the personal insult shefeels.
"What's the most surprising part about it all is that if myhusband was alive, I'm sure he wouldn't be doing this to me, I'malmost positive," she said.
Her husband, Mike, had been dealing with the renovations. Whenhe passed away suddenly, Maureen tried to take over.
"I started calling Mark and he did not answer the telephone,"said Maureen.
In the midst of her grieving, she got nothing but therun-around. News Channel 8 went in search of Nash but couldn't getin touch with him; there's only a P.O. Box listed as his addressand a message, left on his phone, went unanswered.
Maureen has paid over $12,000 and said she's not giving up.
"It's tough being a woman because they kind of walk all overyou. Now, I know that sounds sexist and everything but, for themost part, it's very true," she said.
Nash, the contractor, did send another painter out to the housethis past summer; he checked it out but never came back and neverdid any work.
Maureen paid for the work in full more than a year and a halfago. News Channel 8 will continue to follow up and try to find Nashand get this matter resolved.
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