I fired a contractor after several issues and stated that I will pay for agreed upon and completed work on my home. The final invoice the contractor sent was a much larger amount of money than the work completed and some of the details on the invoice were not even on the agreed upon change order (things that did not even happen). Basically, the contractor is pissed and trying to extort money and threatening to file a lien. I discovered that the contractor's license expired on the last day some of the work was completed and he has not renewed this particular license but has a different one under a new company name. The expired license in question is the one I entered into an agreement with the contractor. The contractor did not even perform the work himself, he sent what I believe to be was an independent contractor, not an employee. I am not sure if the IC/sub was licensed or not. The expired licensed is because of not maintaining workers comp insurance according to CSLB.
An unlicensed contractor is prohibited from suing to enforce a lien, and it does not matter if the contractor you hired switched companies. If he records a lien you should contact an experienced construction attorney, as there appear to be several avenues to challenge the lien.
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