Contractor leaves banister ‘hazard’ in Knoxville family’s home

Walter S. Timmons

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A Knoxville few states they regret employing a household enhancement contractor past fall. They explained to WATE’s Don Dare they paid 1000’s of bucks in advance and Jonathan Presley started out the occupation, but then give up.

4 decades in the past, Presley and his brother, Warren, had been billed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for impersonating a certified skilled and not completing their function. Almost seven a long time back, WATE began receiving grievances about the Presley brothers.

Unfortunately, Amanda and John Norton were unaware of their contractor’s background. Eleven days ago, Presley mentioned he’d return their funds in a week, but he has not.

“This is the new put up and the railing. He was supposed to complete and set the steel spindles in right here,” said Amanda. “They have been meant to acquire up the carpet, set new carpet down, place in a new banister that would be sturdy.”

The stairway is neither sturdy nor risk-free for her household.

“All he left us with is a hazard,” mentioned Amanda. “John Presley came out in the beginning, he surveyed. Afterwards on, he introduced men and women with him, his brother, Warren Presley.”

Amanda shared that a deposit of $8,100 was agreed on so he could purchase carpet, but the carpet was by no means purchased. Amanda’s husband John retained in contact with John Presley as a result of text messages.

“He kept stating, nicely, we’ve obtained to wait until we finish one more home, can you wait around until finally December? We did. Then he termed like a week in December and stated let us just wait till soon after Christmas,” John Norton reported.

John Norton says a few times after Christmas, John Presley invested various several hours tearing up the couple’s staircase never ever to return. A employee did appear back in March and stained the railings.

“We’re carried out with his companies, we want our money again,” Amanda mentioned.

The Nortons despatched a need letter final month requesting their funds again given that John Pressley experienced not returned it. Presley is no longer at the deal with outlined for his small business. So, Dare named him on March 18. Presley reported he is now just recovering from the coronavirus.

“My brother pretty much died, we experienced COVID for two months,” explained John Presley on the cellular phone.

Presley stated he has talked with the few and made an agreement with them.

When questioned about returning their cash John Presley said he would return the income inside a 7 days.

“It’s not their fault, it’s our fault. We’ll return their cash, comprehensive refund,” he said.

To date, no dollars has been refunded to the Nortons and the few is hunting for a new contractor.

John Presley claimed he was going to give the pair a cashier’s look at Friday, March 25. The Norton’s claimed Presley then commenced negotiating with them last week, expressing he’ll return their dollars above the up coming number of weeks, a small little bit at a time.

Once more, Presley advised us, it was his intention to finish the work. The Nortons stated with the do the job unfinished, they may possibly file a felony theft cost in opposition to Presley as some of his former buyers have done.

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