In the complaint, A.G. Karl Racine says the defendants, a married couple named Hofgard who control at least 28 entities, renovated and sold 15 homes since 2013 that had not been properly permitted or inspected. In one instance, according to the complaint, the shoddy work caused the partial collapse of a neighboring property's wall.
"They represent that the properties are safe and sound and have been fully renovated and they mark up the price. People are left holding the bag, oftentimes having to go back and fix things that were represented to be fixed and otherwise live in a state not knowing if a new patio is going to hold. These are serious offenses," said Racine in an interview with WAMU.