Fence Hut customers say they didn’t have a fence before closing
LAKELAND, Fla .– Fence Hut, a fence installation company in Lakeland, has closed its doors for good, leaving many customers waiting for jobs they paid for.
Most customers who expected the work to be completed received the following email on October 21.
Leanna Vance said her Facebook post detailing her dilemma with Fence Hut was her last resort.
“Not even an hour has passed, and dozens of other people have contacted me, saying that Fence Hut also took their money for a job they had no intention of completing,” he said. explained Vance.
What would you like to know
- Fence Hut lawyer confirms firm closure
- The lawyer sent an email informing most of the clients
- Some former employees say the company owes them money
- Lawyer says Fence Hut has yet to file for bankruptcy
The closure of Fence Hut came after some customers said their installation date had been pushed back and others said they had just paid the company for a service.
“A lot of people haven’t even seen the email or told me they haven’t received it,” Vance said. “I’m a single mother of two, so the $ 1,200 I paid back in August cost me a lot of savings, and they gave me no indication before that they were going bankrupt.”
Vance and dozens of others said they were told to stop calling the office because the business was inundated with calls.
“When I called, she told me that 297 people had already called and the lawyer would call me back,” said Cynthia Allard.
Fence Hut received a Paycheck Paid Protection loan of up to $ 350,000 on May 1. The company closed its doors four months later.
“They owe me money too,” said a former sales associate. “I stopped working for them a month before they closed because they stopped ordering materials and they weren’t paying me my commission. Now I just don’t know what to do, or if I’ll even get my money back.
More than 20 people contacted Spectrum News 13, claiming that Fence Hut in Lakeland owed them money, with some amounts totaling over $ 4,000.
“I didn’t see anything wrong with the business before I deposited the money,” said one client. “They had great reviews on Yelp, and honestly, I didn’t see anything wrong.”
Fence Hut’s attorney, Luke Lirot, has confirmed that the business has been closed permanently and that a bankruptcy trustee will contact anyone who pays for services that were never rendered. He said the process could take some time and said the company has not formally filed for bankruptcy.
“I went to file a police report, and the authorities told me I had to file a bankruptcy claim with the courts because it was not considered criminal,” Vance said. “But I guess we can’t even do that since they haven’t filed a case.”
There is no guarantee that people will get all their money back, Lirot said, adding that each person’s claim will be considered after the Fence Hut assets are liquidated.