Roofer paid in full enrages local homeowner by asking for cut of insurance money | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV
LENEXA, Kan. – “Are you crazy?”
This is what Max Satterwhite asked the roofer David Sutter after Sutter had asked for part of his insurance money. This complicated story began last May when Satterwhite hired Sutter of Sutter House Roofing to replace the roof of his Lenexa house.
Satterwhite hoped his insurance company would pay for the new roof, but it refused.
“So I said to Dave,” Well, I just heard something and they’re doing nothing, so I guess I’ll have to pay you out of my pocket, “said Satterwhite, who gave Sutter $ 22,660, the total amount Sutter requested for his work .
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A few weeks later, Satterwhite’s insurance company changed its mind and decided to take some of the costs. It sent Satterwhite a check for $ 9,000. Satterwhite was thrilled, but didn’t think about it until he received a text from Sutter calling for this insurance money to be cut.
Claiming he had an additional cost, Sutter wrote, “I could squeeze the expense under my contract and ask anything.” But Sutter said he was trying to be fair.
Satterwhite refused. But then he got a letter from Sutter’s lawyer asking for $ 6,000 of his insurance money. Then Satterwhite called Fox 4 Problem Solvers, hoping for help.
“I don’t want to think about it every night before I go to bed,” said Satterwhite.
Roofer Dave Sutter is no stranger to FOX4 problem solvers. We made a story of him in 2012 when he asked another Johnson County couple to pay them $ 4,000 to inspect their roof after the couple decided not to hire him.
When the family refused to give Sutter money, he sued them in small claims court – one of several homeowners Sutter has sued over the years. Sutter’s lawsuits are almost always dismissed, as was the case in this case, because Sutter never bothered to appear in court.
FOX4 Problem Solvers was aware of Sutter’s business practices and showed the contract Satterwhite had signed with Kansas City attorney Scott Shachtman. Does Satterwhite Roofer Really Owe Sutter More Money?
“As far as I can see, it makes little sense for the homeowner to have to repay the insurance proceeds,” Shachtman said.
The roofer should know that, added Shachtman.
“The contract was written by the contractor (Sutter) that … they (the homeowner) paid in full,” Shachtman said.
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If it took Sutter more money to pay for what he now claimed, it was an unforeseen cost than he should have negotiated before accepting full payment from Satterwhite.
We tried to contact Sutter about his site. We visited two houses associated with his name, but no luck. Then we called him. He told us that on the advice of his lawyer, he would not speak to us and would share the details of his story with another TV station.
He may also need to share these details with the Johnson County Attorney’s Office. Satterwhite has now filed a complaint there against Sutter and his roofing company. We will let you know what happens.
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