Chester residents raise concerns over changes to townhomes following 2019 fire
An Orange County homeowner’s association is facing criticism over its handling of a 2019 fire that damaged several townhouses.
Eddie Faust is one of six homeowners at Whispering Hills in Chester who just got back into their homes after a 2019 fire.
"We did not get back what we had. Not even close,” says Faust. “They had to demolish the entire building.”
Faust says the homecoming isn't what he and his neighbors expected after being displaced for 18 months.
“There was some square footage and floor plan changes that we were never notified of, and the quality of the construction is not compared to what we had before,” says Faust.
His biggest complaints include a smaller laundry room and a shallow closet that he says is barely deep enough for his clothes to fit.
He says the fire started in a neighboring unit that had illegal construction in the garage and the homeowner hasn't been held responsible.
Faust and other unit owners are now suing the complex and their neighbor.
"I want to see corrections made. At least make the effort to acknowledge the defects, fix them,” says Faust.
News 12 reached out to the complex board and the Chester Building Department for comment but has not yet heard back.
In the meantime, Faust and other tenants say they want their townhouses to resemble the way they were when they purchased them.