"Bogus lien" put on woman's home after roof repair

Posted at 9:48 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 08:02:21-04

Ruth Garcia takes pride in her home.

She works hard to pay the bills. Which is why she was shocked to get a letter in the mail accusing her of owing money.

"I was like oh my god, this is something very serious," Garcia said.

Back in December Garcia says her roof began to leak, so she hired BuildStrong Roofing and Construction.

"I agree with them that they will fix my roof and they told me how much," Garcia said.

The roof cost Garcia $5,460. 

"I gave him a check and he cashed it right away," Garcia said.

2 Works for You obtained a copy of the $5,460, which was signed by BuildStrong Roofing for proof of the transaction.

"On February 2, I got a letter," Garcia said. "It said I have a lien on my house because I didn't pay."

A lien is the right to keep a possession of property belonging to another person until a debt owed by that person is paid off.

In Garcia's case she had no idea what debt she owed, so she called BuildStrong Roofing.

BuildStrong purchased materials from Gulfside Supply in Florida who then placed the lien on Garcia's home for the amount of $2,344. 

An amount they say they never received from BuildStrong.

2 Works for You Problem Solvers reached out to BuildStrong roofing who claimed they paid Gulf Supply. 

However, after some digging, and a phone call to the material company's attorney, 2 Works for You found BuildStrong was being sued - not only by Gulf Supply but by five other businesses in Tulsa County for indebtedness.

BuildStrong says they paid all their debts, but we're going to send a check for materials to Gulf Supply so the lien could be taken off of Garcia's home.

Within a few weeks, the check was delivered to Gulf Supply and an email was sent to Garcia.

It states the lien is now lifted from her home. A burden for months, gone within a week.

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