Homeowner Attempts To Stop Builder's Auction

A financially strained home building company auctioned off equipment Tuesday. An attorney for a homeowner suing the builder and a Channel Six News reporter are told to leave the property or the sheriff would be called.

Attorney Bill Gast represents a Gretna family who hired JT Builders of 45th and F in Omaha to build them a $600,000 log home on scenic country acreage.
Homeowner Jay Kocian said, “It started off as a dream house and turned into a nightmare.”

The Kocians hired engineers who drilled into the log house and found evidence of mold and improper construction. The Kocians had to move out and into an apartment even though their $3,000 mortgage payment continues.

Lynn Kocian said with tears in her eyes, “I feel like I’m watching a bad movie and I just want it to be over.”

Their attorney Bill Gast said he couldn't get a court order to stop the auction but did get assurances from a judge that any money from it would be frozen. A hearing on the fate of the company assets will be held Friday.

Jay Kocian said, “My fear is they’re going to free up the money and move it. Should they lose the lawsuit it will be inaccessible.”

The Kocians said they can’t live in the expensive home because of severe mold that affects their two children. Their son has breathing problems due to the time they did live there they allege.

The couple want the builder to pay for a complete tear down which could cost a half million dollars or more.

The attorney said the lawsuit is expected to take another year if not longer.

The lawyer representing JT Builders said it’s his firm’s policy not to comment on pending litigation.

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