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


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A Knoxville pair claims they regret employing a household enhancement contractor past tumble. They advised WATE’s Don Dare they paid countless numbers of dollars in progress and Jonathan Presley began the work, but then give up.

Four yrs ago, Presley and his brother, Warren, were billed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for impersonating a accredited expert and not completing their work. Practically 7 a long time ago, WATE started getting problems about the Presley brothers.

Sad to say, Amanda and John Norton were being unaware of their contractor’s historical past. Eleven days ago, Presley reported he’d return their money inside a week, but he has not.

“This is the new publish and the railing. He was meant to finish and set the metal spindles in below,” said Amanda. “They were being supposed to choose up the carpet, set new carpet down, place in a new banister that would be strong.”

The stairway is neither sturdy nor harmless for her family members.

“All he still left us with is a hazard,” mentioned Amanda. “John Presley came out to begin with, he surveyed. Afterwards on, he introduced people with him, his brother, Warren Presley.”

Amanda shared that a deposit of $8,100 was agreed upon so he could purchase carpet, but the carpet was under no circumstances bought. Amanda’s partner John retained in get hold of with John Presley through text messages.

“He saved expressing, effectively, we’ve got to wait around till we end an additional household, can you hold out until December? We did. Then he identified as like a 7 days in December and said let us just hold out until eventually soon after Xmas,” John Norton stated.

John Norton suggests a couple days soon after Xmas, John Presley spent numerous hrs tearing up the couple’s staircase by no means to return. A worker did appear back in March and stained the railings.

“We’re performed with his providers, we want our funds back again,” Amanda mentioned.

The Nortons despatched a demand from customers letter previous thirty day period requesting their dollars again considering the fact that John Pressley experienced not returned it. Presley is no lengthier at the tackle shown for his company. So, Dare named him on March 18. Presley said he is now just recovering from the coronavirus.

“My brother practically died, we had COVID for two months,” reported John Presley on the telephone.

Presley claimed he has talked with the pair and created an settlement with them.

When questioned about returning their cash John Presley mentioned he would return the income inside of a week.

“It’s not their fault, it’s our fault. We’ll return their income, full refund,” he stated.

To date, no money has been refunded to the Nortons and the couple is seeking for a new contractor.

John Presley claimed he was likely to give the few a cashier’s verify Friday, March 25. The Norton’s claimed Presley then commenced negotiating with them last 7 days, saying he’ll return their money more than the up coming number of months, a little bit at a time.

Again, Presley explained to us, it was his intention to end the job. The Nortons said with the operate unfinished, they could file a felony theft cost versus Presley as some of his past customers have finished.



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