I contractor came to my house and did titling in my basement and painted the walls. He charged me around $2000 for labor and i paid approximately $3000 for the titles and other equipment. After i paid him he did not finish the job and left, he also took/stole some of the equipment i purchased. I kept calling him for about a week and spent him many texts messages and he did not reply. After that i sent him a letter via certified mail informing him that he will be sued, he did not reply. I found out that he doesn't have a contractors license and he is working illegally.
For a residential contractor to be unlicensed makes it extremely difficult for him to defend any case you may have against him. But that said, you may well get a judgment against him and thereafter find it is uncollectible. This is a good example of having an attorney look at the contract, hopefully in a written form, to assure warranties such as licensing, being insured (for accidents that can occur) and bonded (with regard to theft or other criminal acts).
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You can sue him .. and he will have a hard time defending without a license. As the other attorney stated.. it might be hard to collect (sue both him and any company he may have). I would also suggest making a complaint to the State of Michigan .. after all he is working as an unlicensed contractor..
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