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This website is dedicated to exposing what the author believes to be the misleading and fraudulent practices of NZ Sleepouts, and the owner, Mr Grant Norman King, of 46 K – actually, it is 46B – go here Garfield Rd, Helensville (Mobile #: 022018 9290) Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org home phone (09) 4207564 or (09) 4208836.
The author of this website is Steve Taylor, a former client of NZ Sleepouts, who paid NZ Sleepouts proprietor Grant King $23,500.00 for the purchase of a Sleepout which was not built by NZ Sleepouts.
Long story short:
Herald on Sunday Articles (15/01/12 & 22/01/12) is here:
In August 2011, my 76 year old father, a resident of Waiheke Island, had a heart attack, an event that was promptly followed by a triple bypass operation. Unable to live by himself, and in need of extended care and recovery, my father came to live with my wife and I, and we decided that the best way for Dad to retain his independence (whilst feeling safe and secure) was to build him an 8 x 3 fully self contained Sleepout on our property. After contacting several companies (all of which advised us that it was possible to build such a dwelling at our house), we asked for several quotes for the build. Grant King of NZ Sleepouts was one of the builders we approached to quote for the job. On assessing the site in our initial meeting, Grant King advised me that I would be able to build a Sleepout on our property. I asked Grant King about whether or not we needed a permit for the build. Grant King advised me that I would not need a permit, as the Council requirements were “grey areas with regard to minor units as a result of the recent Supercity amalgamation – no-one can agree on what the rules are, they are quite lost, really”. Grant King was the second builder from a specialist Sleepout supply company to tell us that a permit was not required for the job.
On the basis of Grant Kings advice to me that a permit was not required to complete the build, I gave the go-ahead for the unit to be constructed, and paid a requested $20,000 deposit to Grant King to begin the work (which I was advised by Grant King was for the purchase of building materials). After multiple delays and reassurances by Grant King (some delays related to weather and ground preparation requirements, but many delays related to promises made by Grant King and not delivered on: 25 of these at last count), a subsequent Council inspection on site resulted in me being advised that I would actually need a permit to build the Sleepout.
In a meeting with Grant King on 20/11/11, (who admitted no liability for the advice he had given me previously), it was agreed that Grant King would build the unit offsite at his factory in Helensville, and the unit would be sold on Trade Me, as we couldn’t now have the building on site, as I didn’t have a permit to build it on site, and it was going to cost an additionally estimated $10,000 for the permit process via Council.
Grant King then requested an additional $3500.00 from us (my wife was witness to the meeting) so that he could hire some extra staff to complete the build by 1/12/11. On 1/12/11, I made contact with Grant King to ascertain that the job had been completed, and was advised by Grant King that he had not completed the build by the agreed date, as he had been building another clients Sleepout.
I promptly visited the factory site of NZ Sleepouts (103B Mill Rd, Helensville) in Helensville, and discovered that the $3500 I had paid to Grant King to complete the build of my Sleepout, had been used by Grant King to build the Sleepout of another client – an act of fraud. I was shown the progress on our Sleepout – for our $23,500 investment, I found one floor and two erected half wall panels in Grant Kings factory. Grant King was not able to provide any evidence of building material purchase receipts for our job, and has consistently refused to tell me where the money had been spent that I have paid him to date.
On seeking legal advice and conducting some of my own research on the matter, I discovered that I had claims of action under the following against Grant King:
· Tort of Negligence.
· Breach of Duty of Care.
· Personal Liability for Claim of Damages.
· Breach of Contract.
· Breach of the Fair Trading Act 1986.
· Breach of the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993.
· Court-imposed Injunction.
· Consequential Loss.
· Right to repair.
· Deposit Refund due to Breach of Contract.
· Court-imposed Caveat over other buildings and assets owned by NZ Sleepouts, Swale Earthmovers, and / or Grant King.
· Contract Frustration.
· Breach of Implied Statutory Warranties under the Building Act.
· Breach of Implied Statutory Warranties under the Building Code.
· Breach of Implied Statutory Warranties under the Resource Management Act.
Again, on legal advice, I then cancelled the Contract with Grant King & NZ Sleepouts to build the Sleepout, and requested a refund of the money I had paid to Grant King for multiple breaches of Contract – Grant King refused to give me the refund, and so I am now in the process of taking legal action against Grant King & NZ Sleepouts, and warning all and sundry to stay right away from Grant King & NZ Sleepouts.
I will be releasing this website to both the national and local media and every Council, bank, credit agency, and building supply company in New Zealand.
Between August 2011 & December 2011, Grant King issued no less than 25 assurances to me that the Sleepout I had paid for on the basis of advice that Grant King had given to me would be built – it is my honest opinion that every single assurance given to me was a lie.
This is a cautionary story that will shortly be winding its way through the District Court, the media, and every single Council in New Zealand. Readers are thus advised to steer very clear of NZ Sleepouts, and Mr Grant King, the Principal of NZ Sleepouts. If anyone has had similar dealings with either Grant King and / or NZ Sleepouts, they are invited to post their story on this website, and / or make contact with Mr Taylor at email@example.com
Update 3/6/12: Grant Norman King has now been formally charged by the Ministry of Economic Development for breach of bankruptcy: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10810463
Update 20/6/12: Grant Norman King has now pleaded guilty to breaching his bankruptcy conditions by running two illegal businesses, and will be sentenced on 30/7/12 : http://grantnormanking.com/2012/06/20/gotcha-gnk-pleags-guilty-to-two-charges-of-breaching-his-bankruptcy-conditions-good-riddance-nz-sleepouts-nz-kennels/
Update 5/8/12: Grant Norman King has now been convicted and sentenced:
Update 12/5/13: “Herald on Sunday” publishes the ‘Bankrupt Nearly Back” article on Grant King:
Update 22/9/13: “Herald on Sunday” publishes the story of Grant King being convicted for Benefit Fraud, alongside the news that the Official Assignee is formally opposing Grant Kings automatic discharge from his 3rd Bankruptcy in October 2013, and includes the investigation into Grant Kings third illegal business being run under the current bankruptcy, “Tern Anchor”:
A Timeline of Grant Kings fraudulent offending from 1982 – Present day may be found here.