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I hired a painter to paint my exterior of my house and now i am unhappy with his work and do not want to pay. DO I have to pay?

Derry, NH |

I bought a foreclosed home and due to our loan agreement with my lender i had to have the home's exterior painted. The contractor who was choosen had some issues pop up (paint blistering/peeling soon aftrer painted). we made a $1000.00 depoist and last week I did a walk throught with the contractor and had him fix some stuff and then i signed off on the final invoice. The bank took a week and half to release my money from escrow to pay him but now since i signed there has been new blistering/ bubbles in the paint and I call the contractor this weekend and complained and he said he would fix the problems when he got paid the rest of the money. A couple hours later the mail came with the check from the bank. he did half the work today and refused ro do the rest intill i hand him the money.

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Without knowing the specifics of your agreement with the bank or the painter, you said you signed off on the final invoice which seems to indicate final payment is due. However, you could withhold partial payment to the extent it would cover the defect issues you are raising. Consult with a local construction law attorney for more details.

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