Addison Reserve Homeowners Sue, Claim They Were Duped By Unlicensed Contractors

The allegedly unlicensed contractors mortgaged Richard and Robyn Berniker’s new home.

The new owners of this Addison Reserve home have reportedly hired an unlicensed contractor to carry out work. Palm Beach County stopped work. The homeowners are now suing the contractors. The contractors have mortgaged the house.


DELRAY BEACH, FL ( (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) – A couple who moved into a home in Addison Reserve allegedly hired unlicensed contractors to do significant work on the property and were surprised when Palm Beach County showed up and ordered work to be stopped. One of the homeowners, Robyn Berniker, is an agent at ReMax. How or why a real estate professional allegedly hired unlicensed contractors is unclear.

Richard and Robyn Berniker claim they hired Luxe Renovations, LLC and owners James Brian Olt and Marie Antonelli to do significant work on their home at 16077 Vizcaya Place Villa in the Addison Reserve.

From the lawsuit: “In order to achieve certain property improvements, the plaintiffs contracted Luxe and spoke to Olt, who represented himself as Luxe executive and general contractor. On or around February 11, 2021, the Berniker signed a contract with Luxe to carry out general construction work on (their property). “

The price: $ 47,100. The Berniker paid $ 27,395 to get started, according to the lawsuit.

But then … unexpectedly … “Palm Beach County’s Planning, Zoning, and Construction Department issued a property violation notice because Luxe had not received planning permission prior to starting work on the property.”

It’s unclear why or how the Bernikers – Robyn Berniker is a licensed real estate agent – were led to believe that a construction project worth nearly $ 50,000 would begin days of signing a contract without first consulting Palm Beach County could.

From the lawsuit: “At that point, plaintiffs and Luxe had a dispute over the quality of the work and questionable practices, including doing work without obtaining proper permits. On March 11, 2021, plaintiffs sent Luxe a termination of the contract with immediate effect. Luxe left the property in uninhabitable conditions, and plaintiffs were required to hire a licensed contractor and pay additional fees for their work, as well as fees for obtaining permits required by Palm Beach County’s Planning, Zoning, and Construction Department. “

But Luxe struggled.

On or about March 19, 2021, Luxe notified plaintiffs through its attorney that a mortgage was recorded on Palm Beach County’s public records, alleging the plaintiff owed Luxe $ 45,503 for labor and materials he provided have the property. “

And then: “The plaintiffs have since established that Luxe does not have a general contractor license. In addition, neither Antonelli nor Olt are approved as general contractors in their individual capacity. “

Read the full lawsuit below. If you don’t see it, click here for full access. To verify that a contractor is licensed, use this link for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.


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