Disabled marine said he was sold a "death trap" for a home

Home purchased through the Cal Vets program

SAN DIEGO - A disabled marine said he was sold "death trap" and no one will step up to help him.

Team 10  went straight to the California Department of Veteran Affairs to try and get answers.

Sam Farr thought he could finally start an independent life when his mother found a four bedroom, three bathroom home in Oceanside.

Farr is a marine, quadriplegic and disabled.

"I started crying really hard. It was exactly what I asked her to look for," said Farr.

Far found the home and purchased it through the California Department of Veteran Affairs' "Cal Vets" program, where they act as lenders for veterans.

He bought the home in 2011 and said there were major problems almost immediately.

"Sparks from my wall sockets and rodents getting into my house," said Farr.

Farr said the electricity has shorted, causing small fires, and the Oceanside Fire Department ordered him to turn the power off to house as a result.

He said a converted laundry room flooded and then the city ordered him to convert the bedroom into a garage, which he can't afford.

He also said there were leaking pipes causing erosion and rats.

"The California Department of Veteran Affairs is just unwilling to cooperate," said Michael Lacari, who represents Farr.

Lacari said the seller had purchased the property at an auction, made some unpermitted alterations with an unlicensed contractor and then the home was sold to Farr through the Cal Vets program.

As the lender, Lacari said, the California Department of Veteran Affairs must inspect the home and sign off on it before it's sold to a veteran.

Lacari also said the VA can't make the improvements they promised to make in the home while this is tied up in litigation.

So the doorways are too small for Farr's wheelchair and a nurse has to bathe him on a tray in the center of the bathroom.

Farr just wants the repairs made so he can live in a safe home.

"If you cared about veterans you'd be there when it came to helping us," said Farr.

Lacari said this has been going on since 2011 and they are at least a year away from trial. He said he can't in good faith allow a veteran and his family to continue living in unsafe conditions.

The Farrs want the VA to rescind the transaction, give Farr his money back for the deposit and find him a new home.

The California Department of Veteran Affairs spokesman said as the lender in this situation the VA feels like victim as well.

He said they are equally as frustrated, that they made the loan in good faith that Farr would be getting a safe and suitable home and they've been working with the Farrs to come to a resolution.

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