Hercule Parrot wrote:I don't know for sure but my recollection is that she was given strong, expert advice during the TV show that renovation works on a listed building needed to be very carefully managed in close consultation with the relevant authorities. She agreed that this was vital, sounding quite sincere.
Did she then deliberately hire a dodgy builder who would disregard conservation and deliver fast cheap results? Or was she a victim of a builder who promised conservation compliance but didn't deliver? What did the refurbishment contract say? Was the heritage/planning approval properly obtained?
Either way, it could have been easily settled through insurance and civil claims at the beginning. £10,000 at worst to rectify the damage, and then a courtroom settlement of liability. But Rekha couldn't get past "that stuck-up bitch next door isn't going to tell me what I can and can't do with my own house!"
It was a friend of the family who did the work, almost certainly not historic building registered, possibly not even insured. The original court order which included costs was £8200, the out of court the damage probably would have cost around £5000. The bulk of what Rekha owes is down to the vexious lawsuits and the unwinnable appeals she was advised to enter.