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Trinity couple dealing with water-damaged new modular home to get refund

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TRINITY, TX (KTRE) -

A Trinity couple which has been dealing with major structural issues involving their newly purchased modular home has gotten some good news.

Jamie Gentry and Robert Barley said they will be getting the entire $155,000 purchase amount back. The owner of the housing company determined that he would cost more than that to fix the damage to their home and told them their money would be refunded.

Gentry and Barley said they’re please with the outcome even though the house was their dream home.

State inspectors went out to inspect the home and property Friday morning and were expected to wrap sometime after noon. The couple said the final report will take several weeks to be processed.

The couple said the owner of the housing company was present during the inspection.

Earlier this week, East Texas News talked to the couple about how their dream home turned into a nightmare. The couple bought the 2,700-square-foot modular home back in July.

However, the couple’s excitement about their dream home was short-lived. They said the home arrived during a rainy week in August, and it suffered significant water damage.

“The middle section here was uncovered still on the roof,” Gentry said. “It didn’t have a roof. It just had plastic sheeting over the top of it.”

The tarp blew off during a storm, and after weeks of contacting the housing company in the Houston area, no one was sent out.

"It caused extensive mold and mildew inside the home. A lot of the sheetrock had to be ripped out and replaced" Gentry said.

The home failed inspection; the inside still isn't complete, and it is now being handled by the state.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation said that the home will be inspected again with an investigator to determine if a violation has occurred.
The TDLR also urges potential home owners to check zoning and deed restrictions, buy from a registered industrialized builder, know site work, and to understand your contract, and your warranty.

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