How do I get my money back from a Contractor that didn't compete project?
4 attorney answers
Start with the CSLB and file a complaint. It's pretty easy to do and can be done online.
Review your contract (and have an attorney review it for free) to find out what the procedure may me. Is there a mediation provision? Arbitration provision? Attorneys' fees provision? File a claim with the CSLB but also confer with an attorney. All the best.
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Check with the California State Contractor's Licensing Board to see if your contractor is licensed. If not, you may wish to consider suing for negligence, breach of contract and violation of Business and Professions Code 7031(a) and (b), which are very powerful if they apply. Under section 7031(a), an unlicensed contractor cannot sue to recover any money under law or equity for services and/or materials provided. Thus, the unlicensed contractor should not be able to recover the unpaid balance of the contract from you on a cross-complaint. In addition, under section 7031(b), an unlicensed contractor must return all money paid, even if they did a good job. In addition, the court will have discretion to award treble damages up to $10,000.00 and reasonable attorney's fees. Finally, you may also wish to file a complaint with the California State Contractor's Licensing Board. They may help you mediate your dispute with the unlicensed contractor.
File a complaint with the Contractor's State Licensing Board. See: