From the Daily News:
After more than five years of delays and lawsuits, Bhogendra Sharma is finally moving into his South Ozone Park home.
Sleazy contractors and a protracted battle with the city Buildings Department have left him emotionally and financially drained, he said.
Sharma said he has spent almost $500,000 on stalled renovations, mortgages and taxes on a house he couldn't even live in until a few weeks ago.
Two different contractors working on his home racked up a number of violations before abruptly disappearing from the site, leaving Sharma with stop-work orders, possible fines and a unlivable, unfinished home.
Finally, Sharma did what many frustrated Queens homeowners dream of doing: he sued the Buildings Department.
He said the agency violated due process by slapping him with a $5,000 fine without a hearing.
The case was settled last fall in federal court. While not admitting any wrongdoing, the city waived the fine and lifted the stop-worker order.
A new contractor is finishing up work on the house. And Sharma is pursuing a lawsuit against one of his former contractors. He said he hopes city agencies will step up enforcement of contractors or lawmakers will find a way to crack down on the problem.