Can me and my neighbor come together to sue the same contractor that worked on our homes?
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You both should consider making a claim against the contractor's license bond. You can do this yourself without an attorney. The bond information is on the Contractor State License Board (CSLB) website under the contractor's name. (www.cslb.ca.gov) Failure to do the work per industry standards is one of the grounds for making a claim against the bond. The bond is for $15K and you would share this amount with other claimants to the extent there are any. You can also each sue the contractor yourselves in Small Claims Court for up to $10K. The CSLB can help you enforce enforce any Court judgment you get against the contractor. You also should get an estimate from another contractor to correct the work so you'll know what your damages are. I would make a claim against the license bond first, and then sue the contractor in Small Claims Court to recover any unpaid balance.