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Formal complaint against new home builder issued

By Department of Consumer Protection

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State Seeks License Revocation, Civil Penalties, Restitution from Bowden Development TLI, LLC

The Department of Consumer Protection issued an administrative complaint today against Lloyd Bowden and Bowden Development TLI LLC, of Essex, Connecticut, for violations of state laws regarding the New Home Construction Contractors Act and the Unfair Trade Practices Act, Commissioner Jerry Farrell, Jr, announced.

The agency’s complaint follows a year-long investigation into Bowden’s business practices. The Department alleges that Bowden, in his role as managing member of Bowden Development TLI, LLC entered into written contracts with consumers without providing the required Contractor’s Registration Notification with references. The complaint further alleges that Bowden systematically understated pass-through costs to obtain the work. He required a high up-front payment, and failed to deliver a safe and defective free home.

“Building materials and some of the modular unit themselves were not protected from the elements and sustained significant damage,” Farrell said. “It is hard to believe, but the modular homes assembled by Bowden were not secured to their foundations, nor were they bolted together per the manufacturer’s installation instructions. As a result, many homeowners were left in the cold, having to secure alternative housing. Some of the necessary repairs remain incomplete and we hope to obtain restitution for these consumers.”

The Department administers Connecticut’s New Home Guaranty Fund, which may be of assistance to Bowden’s victims, Farrell said. The Guaranty Fund is a pool of money created by annual assessments of registered new home contractors and is used by the Department to help new home buyers who have been adversely affected by a negligent new home construction contractor. Upon meeting certain conditions, victims are eligible for up to $30,000 in compensation per contract from the Guaranty Fund.

The Department of Consumer Protection has notified Mr. Bowden of the complaint and will hold a hearing on the charges on June 17th at 10:00 a.m. at its offices at 165 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Current customers of Bowden Development who are having problems with a newly-built home may call the Department at (860) 713-6130.

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