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Family Facing $100,000 Bill After Dodgy Repair Work Nightmare

A Melbourne grandmother has been left to shower in a tent after the family home was left in ruins because of dodgy repair work.

Eleni Torcello, her 90-year-old mother Vicki, and son Mitchell have become virtual prisoners in their own home.

"Every day, you see this every day, it reminds you of people that are not trustworthy, people that have come and ripped you off," Eleni said.

The family claim successive tradespeople scammed them out of $30,000 and left the work unfinished.

Vicki has moved into a makeshift room downstairs and showers in a tent outside, because upstairs is unsafe.

Vicki Torcello, 90, has to shower in a tent because the indoor bathroom is too dangerous. Photo: 10 News First.

The six-month-long saga has taken a toll on the family.

"These people come in and they promise you the world and then they take it all away from you," Mitchell said.

"There really is no light at the end of the tunnel unless someone helps us."

The case has prompted a warning from building authorities.

Consumer Affairs Victoria says it received 342 reports about 'fake tradies' in the 2018-19 financial year.

The Torcello family is looking at paying $130,000 for the damage. Photo: 10 News First.

Master Builders Association Victoria CEO Rebecca Casson says people should do their homework before hiring.

"It's important that they're qualified, knowledgeable and experienced and they're registered with the VBA with the Victorian building authority so that means they're covered by appropriate insurances," Casson said.

The Torcello family has been told by building inspectors it will cost at least $100,000 to fix the damage done to the home.

A GoFundMe page to raise money is asking for $130,000.