Meet Yvan Haince - a self-appointed renovation contractor from Chester, NS who exploited a lack of consumer protection laws against crooked and incompetent contractors to turn a $52,000 project into a quarter million dollar debacle.
last updated September 13th, 2017.



His relentless greed, dishonesty, and incompetence triggered a legal brawl which did not go well for Yvan. His most serious transgression was to file a fraudulent lien on the property from which he was fired. The lien was thrown out by the court. The lien stunt could have landed Haince in jail for up to ten years in some jurisdictions but in Nova Scotia there are no deterrents and usually no consequences for such behaviour. This website chronicles Haince's 6 months of stumbling through a project which he came nowhere near completing, for which he quoted $52,000, but which eventually cost the homeowner close to a quarter million dollars. By the time he was fired, he had been paid about $72,000.

Given that about 80% of reno contractors in Canada are reportedly incompetent or crooked - or both - your chances of having a bad experience with a contractor are fairly high. This website is presented as a public service, in an effort to protect homeowners from unscrupulous renovation contractors and help them make informed decisions in having their homes renovated. Yvan Haince is presented as a case study, but his antics triggered  a new website - http://liensliesandlitigation.com/.

        Site Index
      How it started
      Yvan Haince business model
      Rogues Gallery
      Surprises and lies
      Dabbling in credit card fraud
      Legal highlights
      How to build a laundry room really, really cheap
      Rules, regs, really?
      Workmanship - lowering the bar
      Let there be light
      Stairway to......oops!
      Money
      Finishing touches
When a new contractor was brought in to finish the project, he quoted about $80,000. That included approx. $32,000 to correct Haince's substandard workmanship and code violations. The new contractor finished the job on time and on budget.
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