Galveston woman sues contractor over shoddy repairs

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 6, 2011, 2:26pm

GALVESTON - Galveston resident Winifred Few claims Dickinson contractor Keith Mohammad has left her storm-damaged residence in disrepair, recent court documents say.

In a lawsuit filed May 27 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 3, Few accuses Mohammad of failing to renovate her house on Galveston's West End despite paying him tens of thousands of dollars.

The suit shows Few hired the defendant, doing business as K&S Renovations, after the property sustained heavy interior, exterior and roof damage during Hurricane Ike in early September 2008.

The plaintiff says that Mohammad promised her "a highly quality of craftsmanship, timely repairs and promised that all repairs needed were within the capacity of K&S Renovations," which convinced her to select him out of a pool of contractors.

Both parties entered into a service contract in February 2010, notably agreeing to a two-year warranty on all work performed and requiring Mohammad to obtain all permits and windstorm certificates.

Few consented to paying Mohammad all of the funds prior to the completion of the work.

According to the original petition, she tendered checks to the defendant in excess of $56,000 over a period of three months.

It describes the work as "slow at best" and claims nothing was done past November 2010.

After ten months of "renovations" very little was completed, Few contends.

She insists Mohammad's alleged actions "have caused extreme emotional distress and have been a substantial disruption to (her) daily life."

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks economic, actual, multiple and exemplary damages as well as a jury trial.

Attorney Bret D. Stanley of Galveston is representing Few, and Galveston County Court at Law No. 3 Judge Christopher Dupuy is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 65,360

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