Tesla Faces Lawsuit from Homeowners Over $30,000 Solar Price Increase
Pennsylvania homeowners Philip Dahlin and Mary Arndtsen will file a breach of contract lawsuit against Tesla, for overcharging on a Solar Roof installation contract at their New Hope, Pennsylvania home, according to Business Insider.
In the original contract, Tesla said their price was $46,084.80, but when contacted by the company more than half a year later, they were informed of a new price of $78,352.66.
Over the phone last week, Dahlin told Insider, “Our budget was based on the contract that we had, so it was not something that we had prepared for.”
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The lawsuit, as filed by Dahlin and Arndtsen in late April, was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging that Tesla had violated consumer protections acts relating to improvement and trade practices.
Unfortunately, the issue doesn’t seem unique to Dahlin and Arndtsen – in fact, the amount is pretty close to the $36,000 jumps other Tesla Solar customers saw last month, and it comes amidst a growing backlog of prospective customers.
Tesla was issued a summons in the Dahlin Arndtsen case on May 3, according to court filings with the State of Pennsylvania.
While Tesla has yet to file a response, and didn’t respond to Insider‘s requests for comment, CEO Elon Musk said in the Tesla earnings call last month that the company “did find that we basically made some significant mistakes in assessment of difficulty of certain roofs.”