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Woman says contractor took her money and left a big mess

DENVER -- A viewer reached out to the FOX31 Problem Solvers after she said a contractor started a job at her Denver home -- but never finished it.

And now, she’s left with a yard full of rubble and a leaner bank account.

June Lucero recently inherited her childhood home from her deceased parents. Then, the city ordered she take down a carport and some other structures because they were unsafe and were built without permits.

She thought contractor Adrian Delgado of Colorado Quality Construction was the solution. But she said he created a new pile of problems for her.

“Everything seemed fine,” Lucero said about the work Delgado was doing.

It started off so promising in May. Delgado was responsive to phone calls and texts, and his bid was the lowest.

But she soon learned it was too good to be true.

“In July, he just kind of lost contact with me and I have not heard anything from him since. I’m stuck with all this,” Lucero said.

Lucero said Delgado left behind dangerous debris of demolition work she said he stopped after the city posted a stop work notice on her home until a contractor pulls a permit.

“Seeing it lay here like this. Every day. Yes, it does hurt me,” Lucero said about the mess.

Her plan was to remove the unsafe structures and add a memorial garden for her parents.

“That way my parents will always be here with us,” she said.

Instead, those plans are on hold. She said she didn’t get what she paid $3,500 for.

The Problem Solvers tracked down Delgado, who said Lucero paid him $750 just to pull a demolition permit. It’s a process the city said he didn’t complete.

And he claims someone else did the demolition. Lucero said she has found someone else to do the work. She just wants to warn others.

The Denver Urban Renewal Authority is helping Lucero and will come in to finish the demolition work.

DURA assists in redevelopment of blighted property with low-interest loans and grants.

Advice for working with contractors

  • Get everything in writing, including contracts and receipts
  • Don’t hand over a penny without either one because a contractor can deny you gave him anything. Then, it just becomes your word against his.
  • Google the company and the owner’s name to see what comes up
  • If it’s too good to be true, it probably is