Cherwell District Council has been roundly criticised for approving roof work that later leaked and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Charlton-on-Otmoor resident Chris Harris said that the building certificate given to him by the council was not worth the paper it was written on.
The work, which called for a change in roof materials, was completed in August 2014 but Mr Harris had to move elsewhere for 16 months the following December after leaks caused mould and damp to appear in his home.
The Local Government Ombudsman recently ruled that the council’s move basically amounted to fault, but that it could not be forced to pay for the roof to be repaired.
Mr Harris said that the repair work, temporary accommodation costs, and legal fees have set him back more than £50,000. He tried to take the builder to court but a judge advised him that the claim was not likely to succeed.
The 43-year-old resident said that the council’s willingness to sign the work off diminishes the value of its inspection. He added that the whole event has cost him a lot of money as well as sleepless night and a loss of faith in the system.