UPDATE: Court Order Against "Best For Less"

By: Jason Colthorp Email
By: Jason Colthorp Email

 "When we saw your report on the news about this home in Eaton Rapids it became clear to us he wasn't compliant with this court order."

"It's been eight weeks since he's gotten my money."

Melanie Washington hired Best For Less Home Improvements in May to redo her floors, drywall, a bathroom and most importantly her leaking roof. Owner Antroy Nathan told her it would be done in five to 10 weeks.

"I haven't gotten any work-- he hasn't started, he hasn't bought any materials, he hasn't measured," said an exasperated Washington. "He hasn't even been here other than the day to sign the contract. He's made calls and promises, but no results."

The only result she wants now is to get her money back after learning more about the company's numerous complaints. But the only money she's seeing is what she's paying back to the bank for this job.

"This is my second month paying on a loan and this (contract) is all I have to show for it," she said. "A contract of $5,500 dollars worth of nothing."

"We had a more than $20,000 dollar judgement against Best For Less and Antroy Nathan," said Jeffrey Hank, attorney for JR Neely Home Improvement.

Hank told me the company fired Nathan in June of 2012.

"We had him interfering with the business. We had him stealing information. We had him trying to solicit customers."

Soliciting customers for his own business thanks to what Hank says was an inside man at JR Neely who was selling that company's leads to Nathan. That's when the company took Nathan to court and won. In that judgment was a court order saying Nathan or his companies Best For Less and NTG Investments can't do any home improvement work within a 60-mile radius of Lansing.

"When we saw your report on the news about this home in Eaton Rapids it became clear to us he wasn't compliant with this court order."

Which means he legally can't do the work at Melanie Washington's house on Averill-- not that she wants him to do it at this point.

"The problem is I still have to pay for the money and then the job is still incomplete," said Washington. "My roof is still leaking into my room."

"Now I'm out all that money."

Antroy Nathan wouldn't do an on-camera interview for our story, but he did tell me he still has two weeks to finish the job for Washington per their contract-- one she wants out of. Her attorney thinks she can legally break it because Nathan is not a licensed contractor which the contract implies. News 10 contacted the state licensing office (LARA) which said Nathan's sales license is invalid and he has no general contractor's license which he is required to have if he sub-contracts work for more than $600 dollars.

Stay with wilx.com for more as this story develops.

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