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Old 09-29-2010, 01:06 PM
 
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So, there's a contract in place to get x done (plumbing). he initially said 2 weeks. after 2 weeks, he said another week. then when confronted about him not getting the work done, he said it's gonna take at least another 2 or 3 weeks, etc. etc.
when we talked to another contractor, he said that the remaining work (about 50%), shouldn't take more than 3 or 4 days to finish! The problem is that he sometimes doesn't show up, or shows up for 2 hours in a day and leaves...etc.


my question: what should i do at this point in time? written warning that if he doesn't get the work done by next week, i'm considering the job abandoned and the contract void? (can i legally do that?)

any recommendations welcome.
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Old 09-29-2010, 01:49 PM
 
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Default Tough call...

...if the plumbing contractor had you sign an agreement, and that agreement does not have deadlines or termination clause I would really recommend against not paying this guy.

What I have seen happen with operators like this is they run to court to slap a mechanic's lien against your home. Even if it eventually gets tossed it still costs you time and money to get things squared away.

If you did not sign anything OR the contract you agreed to clearly has been violated you can probably just tell this loser you are fed up and no longer want him to do the work.


Period. Don't give them any deadlines or second chances, and do not say yiu have hired someone else. Just say "do not come by here anymore".

If you have paid them for whatever they have done you should just stop paying anything more. If has done work or bought materials that he needs to reimbursed for you MUST do that and a get receipts so that he can't come back later.

If you have any kind of hokey contract with this bum get him to state what is owed and settled and hire someone that comes with a solid set of refences. Write a contract that includes spefically dates and termination agreement.

Live and learn.
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Old 09-29-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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...if the plumbing contractor had you sign an agreement, and that agreement does not have deadlines or termination clause I would really recommend against not paying this guy.

What I have seen happen with operators like this is they run to court to slap a mechanic's lien against your home. Even if it eventually gets tossed it still costs you time and money to get things squared away.

If you did not sign anything OR the contract you agreed to clearly has been violated you can probably just tell this loser you are fed up and no longer want him to do the work.


Period. Don't give them any deadlines or second chances, and do not say yiu have hired someone else. Just say "do not come by here anymore".

If you have paid them for whatever they have done you should just stop paying anything more. If has done work or bought materials that he needs to reimbursed for you MUST do that and a get receipts so that he can't come back later.

If you have any kind of hokey contract with this bum get him to state what is owed and settled and hire someone that comes with a solid set of refences. Write a contract that includes spefically dates and termination agreement.

Live and learn.
Thank you.
yes, there's a contract in place that says x needs to be done for y amount. half of x has been done, and half of y been paid.
no deadlines in contract since NOBODY is willing to sign a contract (in my experience) if you put a completion date down! it's beyond me!

so, if i just tell him not to come by anymore, he can't put a lien against my house?
i don't understand what the difference between giving him a written warning and saying ok, 'forget you' for not getting the job done...just don't show up anymore.

could you plz explain?
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Old 10-01-2010, 01:10 AM
 
Location: OCEAN BREEZES AND VIEWS SAN CLEMENTE
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You believe if he is not forfulling his contract and satisfactory, kick his butt to the curve.Sorry so many contractors not all take advantage of their clients.
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Westerly, RI
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We had an experience like that. Fortunately the contractor just disappeared so we were able to hire another one to finish the work. The original one did half the work and and received half the money. We were totally baffled but eventually concluded that (a) he got a bigger job and (b) was an illegal immigrant who didn't want to get in any legal fights.

Still living and learning. My next GC (a glorified handyman) also stopped in the middle of jobs, but he did eventually finish, more or less. Maybe it's safer to hire specialists than to get a GC. It seems easier for guys to show up and finish when they're supposed to when they're doing a specific job they know how to do. Either that or pay a lot of money for a reliable GC and so far we haven't found one.
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Old 10-02-2010, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre,Pa
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I hired a window contractor, gave him a down payment, and he never came back,I got him on the phone, he said he whent bankrupt,chapter 7. the law protects him, and we get scewed.
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