West End couple sues custom home builder for 'abandoning' project

West End couple sues custom home builder for 'abandoning' project

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - After spending thousands of dollars on their dream home, a West End couple is now suing the man they trusted to build it. That's because they say he abandoned the project. It's happening at the Grey Oaks subdivision off of Nuckols Road.

The home set to be built on Cameron Creek Terrace was supposed to be a part of Mandar and Anjali Desphande's dream neighborhood.  But, it's been almost a year and a half and, according to the lawsuit, only "five percent" of the home has been built. When NBC12 looked at the work, it looked like part of the foundation.

Since then, the Deshpandes have been renting and waiting, according to their lawyer.

Now this lawsuit says they want the company, Romm Custom Homes and its owner William Romm III, to pay them back. According to the lawsuit, they trusted Romm to build a home worth $621,500. They say Romm "abandoned the construction" and, "with fraudulent intent," got them to give $75,556.44 for the construction and down payment.

The lawsuit also claims Romm abandoned other home projects in the same subdivision. NBC12 did see his sign in front of one other unfinished property.

Romm was one of several builders recommended by the Richmond Real Estate Associates which manage the Grey Oaks subdivision. Romm is no longer listed on that company's website.

His company is not accredited with the BBB. NBC12 checked and he currently has an F rating with five complaints.

The Deshpande's lawyer says other homeowners looking to build a custom home should have an independent attorney review the contract to make sure they're protected.

NBC12 reached out to Romm and his lawyer multiple times and have not received a response. However he did tell the website Richmond BizSense that he has suffered financial setbacks this year but does have the money to pay back this family.

The lawyer for the Desphandes says she has not heard from Romm at all.

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