Troy and Bec are left foot­ing a $100,000 bill to fix up what was meant to be their dream home

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Reality Update -

When Aussie bat­tlers Bec Hern­ing and Troy Campbell got the call to ap­pear on Seven’s House Rules they thought it was a dream come true, but al­most a year on their dream has turned into a liv­ing night­mare – one that could end up cost­ing them around $100,000. “We went on the show think­ing we were walk­ing into a new home, but we’ve been left with a dump,” says Bec. Far from fin­ish­ing last sea­son’s House Rules with a ren­o­vated house, Bec says it was in a dis­gust­ing state. “It was pretty much still a work­site – there was crap every­where,” says the mother-of-two. “There was as­bestos be­hind the shed, a gas leak and there’s ex­posed wires out back. “When we turned the lights on the whole house would trip – I’ve even been given an elec­tric shock.” Add to that a “re­ally bad sewer smell”, tiles drop­ping off the walls and no shower screen, and the fam­ily bath­room is a no-go. “The first time we used the en­suite it flooded the bath­room and the walk-in wardrobe, so we’ve had to build a lit­tle hump so the wa­ter doesn’t flow into there.” Naively per­haps, Bec and Troy as­sumed since the house had been ren­o­vated from top to bot­tom they’d be able to move straight in, but 10 months on they’re strug­gling to make ends meet. They have to cover the mort­gage on Bec’s house – where they cur­rently live – and Troy’s house, which is the reno site.

“We’re look­ing at rough fig­ures in ex­cess of $100,000 to fix the house and we’re find­ing more and more prob­lems,” the cou­ple say.

“We spend our week­ends at the house, but no sooner have we saved up the money to fix one is­sue we find an­other.”

Bec says Seven are not be­ing help­ful. They asked for a list of faults – there were two A4 pages’ worth – but now the pair claim they have been all but cut off.

“They fixed one or two things but then stopped an­swer­ing our calls and emails,” says Bec.

“I must have sent 30 or 40 emails and called hun­dreds of times, but they ei­ther refuse to get back to you or they re­spond and prom­ise to call you back, but they never do.”

It’s not just the cou­ple who are strug­gling. “We heard ru­mours a con­tes­tant from a pre­vi­ous sea­son has pretty much had to de­mol­ish the whole in­te­rior of his house be­cause it was un­safe,” says Bec.

“The emo­tional toll on us has been mas­sive. We wish we’d never gone on the show. We re­gret it mas­sively every sin­gle day.”

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