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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) — A Tennessee couple believe a Midstate builder discriminated against them when the company canceled their home contract and raised the price of the property. The couple filed a housing discrimination complaint against the company.

Heather and Davon Eddington had high hopes for a three-bedroom home in Spring Hill, TN.

“It was a simple single-family house. Our goal was to be able to rent it out to someone trying to grow their career,” said Davon Eddington.

They signed a contract with the builder Dalamar Homes last February, paying a deposit of $5,000.00.

“And the first time they saw our faces was when we went for that walk, and that’s when everything changed,” Eddington said.

During the visit, the couple said they noticed problems within the house.

“The garbage disposal was not working. The sink had leaked. We then looked at the wall and noticed a discoloration,” Eddington said.

When they insisted that these issues be resolved before the closing date, the couple said they received a rude response.

“He was like, ‘Can you really afford to buy the house? It looks like you’re trying to get out of the house,'” Davon Eddington said.

The next time the couple heard from Dalamar they were told the contract had been canceled and they were shocked when they saw the house come back on the market for much more.

“They put the house up for sale for an extra $70,000 on July 15,” Eddington said.

A Dalamar manager told the couple he would speak to his supervisor, only for the couple to be given a new contract in August, with a much higher price.

“I went to the state and said, you know what, I think they’re discriminating against me,” Eddington said.

The couple filed a housing discrimination complaint against Dalamar Homes, alleging refusal to sell, intimidation and retaliation.

“You’re not allowed to fluctuate the price of the house and if we have a closing date, if we’re within our closing date, that has to be met, according to the contract,” Eddington said.

News4 Investigates assigned Eddington’s contract to attorney Robert Notestine.

“From a buyer’s perspective, I would like to have a little more input or control than what I see in this contract,” Notestine said.

Notestine added that before you sign a contract with a builder, have a lawyer review the contract so you know exactly what your rights are.

“But sometimes we have legal and contractual standards, and what is moral and ethical are different standards,” Notestine said.

News4 contacted Dalamar Homes for an interview. They released the following statement:

“Dalamar Homes has always followed proper and industry standard steps regarding the contracting process to build a new home. We pride ourselves on being an affordable custom home builder for those looking to live or grow in the community of central Tennessee.

The Eddingtons’ claims are simply untrue. Dalamar Homes never questioned their ability to pay for the house as Dalamar Homes received a letter of commitment from the Eddington’s lender. The Eddingtons refused to close the house in a timely manner, despite repeated conversations with Dalamar. At this point, Dalamar had no choice but to terminate the purchase agreement, in accordance with the terms agreed between the parties.

We are committed to treating all staff, customers and potential customers equally with respect and dignity and are honored to continue serving in the communities we love.

Darryl Carey – Marketing and Sales Manager

As for what they hope Dalamar will do, the couple say they just want to be treated well.

“Just learn to be fair and treat people with respect. We are all children of God. And we all deserve the same respect,” Eddington said.

This is not the first time News4 Investigates has heard complaints about Dalamar Homes. A Williamson County couple is currently in a legal battle with the company over a home in Franklin.

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