Palm Harbor homeowner Joe Zigler had never heard about Florida’s Construction lien law when someone from a roofing company called NBRC Construction knocked on his door in December 2012.
Zigler now says that the law, together with NBRC’s questionable business practices, could cost him ownership of his home in a foreclosure action due to unpaid bills.
He’s facing a lawsuit for more than $4000 worth of unpaid supplies, plus attorneys fees, court costs and 18 percent interest on the unpaid debt.
“It’s all wrong,” Zigler said. “It’s just dead wrong.”
NBRC Construction sold hundreds of homeowners like Zigler on the promise of storm damage insurance claims that would pay for total roof replacements on their homes in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota counties.
But an 8 On Your Side investigation revealed the company folded last year, leaving much of the work undone and owing a fortune to contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.
Under Florida’s lien law, homeowners who signed on as NBRC customers are responsible for many of those bills — even though NBRC collected money from insurance companies that were supposed to fund the work.