Dutch Homes Ltd owes more than $500,000 to unsecured creditors, according to the first liquidators’ report, released on October 16.
Subcontractors, suppliers and customers – from whom he took deposits but never completed the work – are out of pocket.
Those customers include Wayne and Rianne Bonnett, who are angry at Joseph Van Roij.
“We all feel so stupid, so betrayed,” said Rianne Bonnett, whose almost-complete house is in Amberley’s Oakfields subdivision.
“Van Roij was a friend – he came to Wayne’s 50th birthday party. He has been here for dinner and we’ve had dinner with him and his family,” she said.
“He was part of the local football club. It’s because of us that Wayne’s parents invested $40,000 in him to build a house in Pegasus.”
The Bonnetts invested $280,000 into their house and are now paying subcontractors directly to finish the build. They estimate they are about $40,000 out of pocket but are more angry for others affected.
Catharina van der Knaap’s house next door to theirs is all framing and no roof, despite her having paid Dutch Homes Ltd $190,000.
“This is her retirement savings,” Wayne Bonnett said.
“It’s not so bad for us – we have jobs and we can cope. But for Catharina, in her 80s, she can’t get a mortgage and she can’t afford to finish what Van Roij started. She just has to sit and watch her house rot.”
Retired couple Barry and Shirley Tilling [ in photo above ] paid Dutch Homes $56,000 for work that never began.
“We paid $9000 up front for plans, then $40,000 deposit when we signed the contract,” Shirley Tilling said.
“He later asked for another $9000 to pay for the concrete to go in. We thought the $40,000 should have covered it but I was unwell and didn’t have the energy to argue.”
The 74-year-old and her husband, 77, now live in a borrowed caravan on their son’s farm.
With no chance to recoup the loss or earn extra money, they are homeless.
Bit of a Dutch one man wrecking crew, and he’s done it to more than one client, suggesting these aren’t the results of falling on hard times.