Couple return from holiday to find cowboy builders held alcohol-fuelled parties in their home and slept in their beds

Delia and Mick Cunningham, both 60, were left thousands out of pocket. (SWNS)

A couple were left devastated after returning from holiday to find their builders had botched their £34,000 extension and held alcohol-fuelled parties in their house.

Delia and Mick Cunningham, from Hardingstone, Northamptonshire, said their Polish builders also slept in their bed and even bought a Sky Sports subscription using their account details.

The 60-year-old couple had hoped to return to find the renovation completed so they could sell the house and move closer to their Asperger-suffering son in Wales.

But instead they were confronted with empty vodka bottles strewn across the floor and mouldy food littered across the worktops.

The couple were horrified to find mess covering the surfaces in their house. (SWNS)

The cowboy builders also allegedly ate all their food, kept a stash of cannabis and urinated on the outside walls.

“Obviously we told them to get out straight away. The place was a tip,” Mrs Cunningham said.

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“These two labourers, who we think might have been homeless, were living here and they didn't realise we would be back.

“The worst thing is they had been sleeping in our bed. They had used the food out the fridge and cupboard.


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“We found cooked food in all the pots and pans and some was stored in the fridge, it was everywhere, even in the garden.

“If that's how they live in our house, imagine what they must live like it their own. They just had no respect for the place. I couldn't believe the audacity of them.

“The two men had even watched pay-per-view items on our Sky subscription. They had disconnected the gas so we had no hot water or heating.

“But they had managed to find two electric heaters and our blankets and had really made themselves at home.

There were several bottles of alcohol among the mess left by the tradesmen. (SWNS)

“We knew they had been sleeping on our bed as the pillows were everywhere and the TV was on a different channel to the one we had left it on.”

Delia and Mick, a Carlsberg factory worker, kicked the building firm off the site halfway through the job, having already paid them some £17,000.

But the work they had done was substandard too. The brickwork was not level and a gap had appeared in the join between their and their neighbour's home.

The new wall did not meet the roof and two independent builders assessed the work as being poor. The driveway was left cracked where ready mix concrete had been delivered.

A whole new drive and garden path is now needed and carpets had to be ripped up because workers trampled cement into them with their boots.

Delia and Mick then enlisted a second company to fix the work botched by KBI Limited, as well as fitting doors and windows and repointing the bricks.

On June 11, Bradford-based company Your Choice quoted them £13,750 to do the work in 16 days.

The couple said the builders also urinated against an outside wall. (SWNS)

The couple by this time had been living with boarded-up windows and doors for months.

But the situation has not improved for the couple, who have been married for 35 years, and the house is still nothing short of a building site.

The wrong fascias and guttering were installed by Your Choice, meaning that water is dripping all down the front of the house when it rains.

The front door was measured incorrectly and will have to be replaced or the floor inside the doorway will have to be taken out.

Delia said: "We decided to go with a national company who sounded like they were the answer to our prayers, but it turns out they have been no better.

"In fact, they have created even more problems.

"We were given five different start dates and they eventually started on July 15 and even then you could hear them swearing in the garden and people were phoning him moaning about not being paid.

"He wanted all the money up front but we ended up paying paying him £5,000 - then they disappeared the following week.

Asbestos piping was reportedly left at the property by the builders. (SWNS)

"So far we've spent £22,000 and got this mess to show for it.

"A lot of the work they have done has created other works to be done.

"They have fitted items that were not ordered and even after 'resealing' guttering we still have major problems every time it rains

"The walls inside and out become soaked and now we're restricted to living in our bedroom as it’s still a building site downstairs."

Currently, Your Choice has not been clear as to whether they have finished, will be returning to complete the works, or will even tidy up the building materials.

It means Delia and Mick are currently in limbo and having to obtain a third quote from a building contractor to fix the work done by both Your Choice and KBI.

Delia said: "We've had independent people come out and tell us the whole thing needs tearing down and doing again. But we haven't got another £34,000 to spend."

A gap between a section of the old building and the new brickwork. (SWNS)

Former director of the now-defunct KBI Limited, Marek Buza, said he was "deeply sorry" for the way workers treated the Cunningham's home.

He claimed that the two men were not sleeping or staying at the house to his knowledge and said he was forced to hire cheap labour and cheap parts to do the job within the budget.

Marek KBI has been reported to Trading Standards and the Cunninghams say they are considering reporting Your Choice as well.

The couple say the stress of the situation has ruined both of their 60th birthdays.

Mike even suffered a blackout weeks ago and fell down the stairs of their home, which doctors put down to stress.

Delia added: "The whole thing has been a complete nightmare, we wish we had never started.

"We just want to warn other people so the same doesn't happen to them."