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Colorado couple fights lien on dream home that was covered in feces

The home is clean but the saga continues
Posted at 5:10 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 20:52:19-04

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -- Paul and Jenny Fisch are ready for their nightmare to be over. Would-be homebuyers trashed their house by covering the place in feces, but now that the home is cleaned up a lien is getting in the way of a sale. 

It's been a year since the couple moved out of their dream home and they've been dealing with nothing but problems ever since. The saga started when would-be homebuyers moved in to the home with the promise of closing in three months. The closing never happened and they were forced to evict them but not before the renters caused more than $30,000 in damages.

Months later the house is cleaned up and put back together but there's yet another roadblock. A cleaning company placed a lien on the home. 

The Fischs hired EE Cleaning to do a biohazard cleanup. They provided a copy of the contract, which includes a list of items to be cleaned and sanitized.

"But if anybody sees those photos and sees that contract in their right mind they cannot honestly say that they did their job," said Jenny Fisch.

Denver7 has made numerous attempts to reach EE Cleaning and ask about the claims. At the time of this publication no one has responded.

Fisch showed the photos that she said she took after the company finished cleaning. 

"So I was the one scrubbing the leftover urine and dog hair and feces that they didn't finish cleaning," said Fisch.

The total cleanup cost was $7,441.23 and the company placed a lien on the home for half of that amount. The couple admits they didn't pay the entire bill because they weren't satisfied with the job but they did pay a deposit and additional fee totaling a little more than $5,100. Now they're out of that money.

The Fischs disputed the charge with their credit card company and sent over those same photos showing what they claim is an unfinished job. They also included a letter from another cleaning company that said parts of the home were still dirty. 

"They ended up siding with us," said Fisch.

Despite a victory from the credit card company, the lien is still there and standing in the way of selling their home. 

"We're just trying to be done with it," said Fisch.