Action Report: A new roof on a the home of a 92-year-old woman must be repaired

Action Report: A new roof on a the home of a 92-year-old woman must be repaired

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Ninety-two-year-old Eris Lewis hired Freedom Construction to put a new metal roof on her home.

She says she agreed to pay Chris Geotes $6,298 for the job, but didn't pay the full amount because of issues with the roof.

Lewis said, "You see, I gave him a check for $3,100 then and on the 16th, he came back and got another $1,000."

Lewis says the additional $1,000 wasn't in the original contract she signed. She says Geotes brought her a copy of the roofing contract a few days later.

"He handed it to me and I noticed that there was a $1,000 added, and I said I didn't sign it. This wasn't on here," Lewis stated.

Lewis says when she told him to leave the job, Geotes agreed to the original price and did the work.

However, the roof didn't pass the city of Gulfport's inspection. The final city report says the roof didn't meet code.

According to Gulfport's field inspection report, the roof had numerous issues including flashing gaps, screws not put in properly. Additionally, the roof did not have a consistent overhang, going from 4 inches on one side to 16 inches on the other.

Lewis says she contacted Geotes.

"The next morning he came with a skill saw and I knew that was painted metal and I figured that it would chip, so I said 'No, you don't do that. Take your stuff and leave,'" said Lewis.

Geotes says the guys were in a rush, and he was willing to go back and fix the roof to meet Gulfport city code.

But, Lewis says she doesn't want Geotes anywhere near her home.

"I feel stupid, if you want to know, because I have been independent and I've tried to take care of myself," said Lewis. "My children have families of their own, so I want to do it my way, but I've learned I might better ask a little bit."

Lewis contacted another company to get an estimate on how much it would cost to repair the new roof, was told it would be about $3,000.

Geotes told Lewis that she had to pull the permit, but city inspectors say the person who pulls the permit is responsible for any code violations. Therefore, the homeowner should always require the contractor to pull the permit, and if that person can't pull it - find another contractor.

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