LittleJohn wrote:I read with interest the post regarding "British builder" and would have been interested to have heard the builders side of the story, as I am sure there are always two differing tales. Is it really relevant whether the builder concerned pays his tax in Crete or not, as surely this is a matter for the Greek tax office and not the business of this forum...
The particular builder being discussed defrauded a huge number of customers and suppliers. He took payment for properties that he never even started. As far as I know nobody ever got their money back. He took money for properties that he never finished. The buyers had to pay somebody else to complete the properties so paid for some of the work twice. He used local contractors who he then didn't pay. I think it was one of these that shot him but I am not certain of the details. Overall both foreign buyers and local contractors were defrauded of millions of Euro.
No it is not just a matter between the tax office and the builder concerned. Part of the money he took from customers was to pay the IKA for the workers who did the building. This he never paid so the buyers had to pay this IKA again themselves. In many cases, because he had not paid contractors, it was impossible to get certification of work done so it was not possible to get the building signed off. Buyers had to pay these contractors themselves or employ other contractors to get this certification. Without this certification and paying the IKA it is impossible to get permanent electricity connected and the house remains illegal.
This is all well documented and involves hundreds of people so it is not just one dissatisfied customer moaning. I've met several of the people who were defrauded in this way. There is no builder's side to the story.