An Ohio home renovation contractor and a landscaper were ordered to pay more than $11 million in fines after their businesses received a total of 434 citations over four years for failing to install or repair plumbing and electrical systems.
The citations were handed down by a state inspector in October after the homeowners’ contractor, Westlake Associates, failed to install and maintain plumbing and lighting systems.
In some instances, the contractors failed to properly install and repair fixtures in the homes.
The violations stemmed from the companies’ failure to install the necessary water mains in at least three of the homes, according to the inspector’s office.
In two cases, the inspector found that the homeowners were told to contact their water company or repair the problem.
The homeowners sued Westlake and the contractor, saying that the contractors violated Ohio’s building code.
The company argued that it complied with state regulations and that the citations were due to poor planning and supervision.
In a statement to the Columbus Dispatch, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office said the violations were committed over four separate times.
Westlake and other construction companies in Ohio are required to install a sprinkler system in every home, but some of the violations found in the inspector report involved the sprinklers not working.
In the case of one of the complaints, inspectors found that in the first year the contractor installed sprinklers, Westleaves failed to replace or install the sprinkler in one of their homes, even though the sprinkles were installed to prevent soil from entering the home.
In another case, the contractor failed to remove a pipe from the basement after the homeowner installed a sprinklers system.
The homeowner sued Westleave in federal court in March for more than two dozen violations.
The attorney general’s office said it plans to file civil charges against Westlake.