We hired a landscaper to do some work (May). He sent a crew to our house (June) and did 60% of the work and then disappeared. We hired other landscapers (September) to finish the work 3 months later. 7 months later (January) he sent an invoice for the entire amount. What do we need to pay and how do we calculate the amount?
I am assuming that the first landscaper was the one who sent you the invoice? Did you have a contract outlining the work that would be done by the landscapers? If you did not, did you have a written quote? Did they ever come back to finish the work. How much you need to pay depends on the amount of work the landscapers were supposed to do vs. the amount they did. I would advise that you contact an attorney to help you with this matter. Please email me if you would like a free consultation. [email protected]
Kati M. Amarantes
The BBB is unlikely to do anything. the court system may be of assistance.
You should contact an attorney; the details of the contract, invoice, and work are very important here. In the end you should not have to pay him for work he did not do--and if he broke a contract, you may be able to countersue him for damages.
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I assume that a huge amount of money is not at stake. If so, send him a letter describing how he failed to complete the job. If the total you paid both landscapers is more than the agreed price with the first,, ask him to reimburse you the difference.
If this was a very large project, contact a lawyer.
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