I hired a contractor for a residential remodel who represented he was licensed in the State of Washington.
During a dispute over work performed by the contractor, I learned that his license was suspended prior to the commencement of the project and remains suspended. In addition to not being licensed, he does not appear to be bonded or insured.
I have given him enough money to pay his subcontractors, but not much more.
My understanding is that he has no right to enforce our contract and no lien rights. I would like to know if his subcontractors, laborers and/or suppliers retain their lien rights against me as the homeowner.I should add that the project is partially completed. The dispute arose over his progress invoice being substantially over budget with respect to a number of items.