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Couple who renovated D.C. rowhouses agree to $300,000 in fines for shoddy work
house from Insun
Hofgard in late 2014. (Kate Patterson/For The Washington Post)
By Ian Shapira November
20 at 4:00 PM
Virginia couple accused by District officials of developing and selling
multiple substandard rowhouses across the city have agreed to pay more than
$300,000 in fines for dozens of building infractions.
The payments by
Insun and Jefferson Hofgard will eventually form part of the restitution to
several District residents who purchased renovated homes and discovered serious
problems that required costly repairs, including an improperly installed water
mainline in one property, and a “pop-back”rear addition and basement kitchen
that lacked proper zoning approvals in two other homes.
The fines issued
by the city’s Office of Administrative Hearings this week follows a months-long
investigation by the staff of the city’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory
Affairs. The Hofgards’ development problems have also been chronicled
extensively by The Washington Post and the radio station WAMU.