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Old 01-02-2012, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Stand firm and pay nothing. Why?
You're unsatisfied with the work that was performed. Paying for any of it opening a dialogue that could be misconstrued and lead to legal issues.
Paying nothing (with no contract of services) stops him in his tracks.
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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Stand firm and pay nothing. Why?
You're unsatisfied with the work that was performed. Paying for any of it opening a dialogue that could be misconstrued and lead to legal issues.
Paying nothing (with no contract of services) stops him in his tracks.
This is much more sound advice them some have offered.

1. Ignore the bill.

2. If he persists have someone with a detchament (no interest, more a professional observation then a personal one like not your taste, etc.) send a letter saying why nothing will be paid like no contract, nothing usable delivered, time frame, etc. but to repeat, nothing personal like not my taste, no money, old, disabled, etc.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:34 AM
 
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Needs an attic space converted to a bedroom. Met an architect who had a lot of good ideas about the space and seemed to know what he was talking about. He shared his fees with me and they seemed reasonable.
Unless you are royally changing your house, just turning an attic space into a bedroom doesn't really require a dedicated architect. Any competent remodelling company should be able to work through plans with you as part of the building process for less money.
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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You did not sign any agreement with him and if this were in CA he would be in violation of the Architectural Practice Act and face a fine, suspension of his license or worse. Is he even licensed? Some draftspeople portray themselves to be licensed or registered architects, when in fact they are not.
I would look at your state laws. Best of luck
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Here&There
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This was back in January, wondered what happened since.

And to throw in my two cents, there are professions that give free quotes, free inspections, free consultations, my thinking is that you do not owe him anything if all he did was a crayon drawing of "plans". Even if he did his "work", he didn't do it correctly as has been pointed out by others that it was off. Should you have to pay amazon if they delivered you the wrong item? Although I must say, you should have looked at his portfolio and checked up on his previous projects, due diligence and all.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:51 PM
 
Location: S.W.PA
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Stand firm and pay nothing. Why?
You're unsatisfied with the work that was performed. Paying for any of it opening a dialogue that could be misconstrued and lead to legal issues.
Paying nothing (with no contract of services) stops him in his tracks.
I don't think this is correct. True, there is no contract but the guy was engaged to do work, so there is an implicit agreement (he would just have to show that he got direction from the OP). So the OP should pay up to the point where he became unsatisfied with the work, and this dissatisfaction was made clear to the architect. If there is no clear demarcation point then the OP should assume one and let the architect dispute it if he wants.
This is small $$ so it makes no sense for the architect or OP to hire an attorny over it, but it could be addressed with the local magistrate , who will likely find some compromise similar to what I have suggested.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:46 PM
 
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I don't know why everybody thinks that if there is no contract than you don't have to pay. That is not necessarily true. It could have been a time and materials verbal agreement with no total price or estimate. You can't say you never hired him and that you don't know who he is and where he got those measurements. Not liking his drawings or taste is not reason to not pay even though I feel for you. With that said, the best and most reliable advice would be to consult with a lawyer since all states have different laws and most people here are from different states. Sometimes its better to pay and move on than continue dwelling on the subject, talking or writing to the Architect, and becoming even more aggravated.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I have a hunch he wasn't an actual architect. You should check his license which should be registered at the state level. If he passes himself off as one, then he has committed fraud.

An architect has to have a professional degree and some sort of licensure to legally practice in the state he or she is practicing in. If the guy has no licensure, he might want to drop his claim.

It isn't enough to say, "Just don't pay the bum." You need to be able to get rid or this nuisance permanently. He could conceivably take you to small claims court for the fee. Save all paperwork for your defense. You might also have to seek counsel to know to best meet his argument in small claims court. Your best defense is probably a good offense, I think.
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:14 PM
 
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Keep in mind that you don't have to be a licensed Architect in many states to provide design consultations and drawings. He could very well call himself a home designer and practice as such.
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