We (Georgia and Barry) are the residents
Prior to hiring a contractor to do a renovation at our home we spoke with TLG Contracting Ltd. (Mike and Kirsten). We were reassured that the company was fully licensed and insured to undertake the work we considered doing. They told us about their crew of 5 guys that would be able to handle everything while Mike would act as the GC and oversee everything and Kirsten would be the designer that would make all floor plans/designs needed. When we asked about permits we were told that we don’t have to worry about any of it. We were very confident and felt good about everything to the point that we took their word for it and didn’t check if in fact the company had a Contractor license with the city of Toronto as required by law or ask for a current copy of insurance policy. In fact we felt that these people were so stand up that we had a friend of ours apply and get a job with TLG Contracting Ltd as the 6th man on crew.
On October 16th 2015 we signed the contract with TLG Contracting Ltd. We were never provided an executed copy of the agreement. The first payment (deposit) $35,736.25 was made on October 22nd. The contract that was executed shows that an additional $35,736.25 would be given to TLG Contracting Ltd on November 2nd 2015. As we felt very uncomfortable about giving 50% upfront prior to any work being done it was agreed by all parties that the draw schedule would be bumped. Work was to commence on November 2nd 2015. Initial delay on the side of TLG Contracting Ltd cause a 1 week delay on start date. Many issues with delays and poor scheduling transpired between November and December 15th 2015 which was to be the 2nd draw. Although milestones were not met we were convinced that the second draw should be given otherwise TLG would be losing money. On January 18th 2016 (with many doubts) we proceeded to give a second payment of $35,000. Draw 3 was to be on February 5th 2016 but we knew that the set out milestones could not be completed based on what we had experienced thus far. At the end of February prior to Mike going on his 5th vacation while "overseeing" our project we were asked to give yet another draw. We had numerous discussion about how we don’t feel that the project milestones are going to be met and we were extremely hesitant to give any more money. Mike and Kirsten reassured us that during the 10 days that they would be away that the crew of 6 guys would bang it out and catch up. Believing the entire story we proceeded to give $25,000 in cash to Mike prior to his departure on February 26th 2016. The TLG employees worked while Mike and Kirsten were away. Upon their return in early March Mike and Kirsten approached my husband and myself for a loan of $30,000 to help with a down payment of purchasing a villa in Costa Rica valued at $650,000. This is when we realized the money we had given them was not available and we were going to be faced with a difficult situation. We declined their request for a loan but knew that they needed that money within 2 weeks. They counted on a draw for the project to get that money but knew they would not reach the milestones for the draw. They walked off the job on March 30th and have not returned since and have ignored our request for money to be returned.
We have since discovered that TLG Contracting Ltd has victimized more people and is continuing to operate as a General Contractor in the city of Toronto (charges have been issued).
Furthermore, much of the work that they did had to be redone because it was done so poorly...
We hope that no one else falls victim to these frauds.
He has not paid his employees, sub contractors and takes money willingly from unsuspecting victims!