YouTube’s popular ACE Family claims they were scammed by a shady contractor who took millions of dollars from them, abandoned their unfinished home, and left them unable to get a certificate of occupancy.
The family vloggers, who boast 18.9 million followers on the platform, made headlines in October when it was reported that their $10 million Los Angeles mansion – which features heavily on their channel – was in foreclosure.
Mom Catherine McBroom now tells DailyMail.com that she and her husband Austin were the victims of a dishonest contractor who used a fake license, took their money, and ran off before he finished building their house.
‘I transferred the funds to finish the house and they dissolved the company within weeks. They took the money and ran, and they never came back,’ she said.
For more than two years, the McBrooms were paying a $70,000-per-month mortgage for an unfinished home that didn’t even have gas – meaning no heat or hot water.
‘When you don’t have gas, you don’t have heat. The winters are getting colder now due to global warming, and I have two babies and I’m pregnant and I’m freezing because I have a glass home with tile floors,’ Catherine said.
Ultimately, they were told they couldn’t get a certificate of occupancy – required for living in a house – because the home couldn’t pass inspection.
YouTube’s popular ACE Family made headlines in October when it was reported that their $10 million Los Angeles mansion was in foreclosure
The family says they can no longer live in this house in Woodland Hills, California because they got scammed by a contractor
The property was initially being built with two homes when they asked the contractor if he could make it into one big one for them instead
Catherine and her husband, Austin McBroom, began looking for a new home after their previous one was broken into in 2018.
The mom-of-three explained that when she first discovered the house, which sits at 4838 Calderon Road in Woodland Hills, California, it was originally being built as two different homes on one piece of property.
The family immediately fell in love with it. They asked the contractor if he could turn the two homes into one big home for them, and he agreed.
‘The builder that was on site, his name was Avi and …….