A newly-purchased luxury condominium in Weehawken, New Jersey has turned into a nightmare for one couple. They claim bottles filled with urine were found in the walls of their new $2 million abode.
According to a report by Page Six, the condo was supposed to feature “gourmet kitchens, spa-like bathrooms, spacious balconies” and “direct views of New York City.”
The couple claims it also came with “bottles filled with urine, containers containing remnants of partially eaten food, construction debris and other garbage” inside the walls of the unit’s bathroom, and urine-soaked insulation in the master bedroom.
A contractor hired to do renovations before the couple moved in found the trash and damage.
“I notified the client I was working for… There was also food that was left in the walls. Containers [of] Chinese food with food still in it. Wrappers from cupcakes and all different stuff. The urine, [the] feces. To my knowledge that’s all very bad for your health. There were a lot of things I saw that [weren’t] up to code,” the contractor reported.
“I’ve never ever really seen anything like this before,” he added. “There were urine bottles falling out of the ceiling. As we moved some of the insulation there were bottles of urine in it that fell out. It’s such poor quality for these people buying units spending all this money.”
The couple has not occupied the home, located at 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial, following the unsavory discovery. In the meantime, maintenance fees, property taxes and mortgage charges are mounting. The couple said they offered to sell the home back at the original purchase price to the company they purchased it from, Lennar Sales Corporation, but the offer was rejected.
In a lawsuit filed by Shiloh Holdings against Lennar, the anonymous couple claim the company is guilty of fraud and breach of warranty. The lawsuit states that Lennar, while professing embarrassment, offered only to open up the bottom parts of the walls for inspection, instead of all walls and ceilings.
According to the suit, the couple is also questioning the unit’s advertised “triple-pane, hurricane proof windows,” soundproof floors and fire-blocking areas.
They’re seeking punitive and compensatory damages, as well as court costs.
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