Contractor fails to renovate LI home built in cancer patient’s honor

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HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (PIX11) -- Malkeet Kaur and Ranjindar Singh are trying to live their daughter’s dream.

Loveleen wanted the family to live in a nice one-family home. Her parents called their daughter “Princess.” And she was at FIT trying to become a big time fashion designer.

Her dreams died suddenly.

“One day the people at Sloan Kettering told her, “You have no more life. You only have 3 months left,” Malkeet told us.

Princess was only 20 when she died of cancer in 2010. But her parents honored her by buying a big house in Hicksville that needed a lot of work.

They paid contractor Mandeep Sahi more than $190,000 dollars to renovate the place. That was their big mistake.

Sahi’s work was full of problems. Construction was halted by the Department of Buildings. The house is a wrecked shell. And Malkeet and Ranjindar are out a fortune and can’t afford to hire anyone else to fix things.

And on top of all that, they’re paying the mortgage on the house in addition to the place where they still live.

So I went looking for Mr. Sahi. When I found him, he wasn’t happy to see us and walked around the block from his New Hyde Park home to speak with us.

Howard: "Why don’t you just give them their money back so they can get a new contractor?”

Mandeep: "It’s not all the money I took in my pocket. I took the money and I spend the money on the project.”

We went around for a while. But finally, Mr. Sahi agreed to get back and finish the job.

First step is to clear up the violations and get the stop work order lifted.

Malkeet and Ranjindar are hopeful they’ll be able to honor their daughter’s memory after all.

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