I hired a landscaper to do lawn maintenance once a week and paid him faithfully for the month of April. When May came, I fired him and found friend to do i cheaper. The landscaper claims he did two cuts in may. I never saw the first cut down and my backyard wasn't touched. He claims he used a different mower and that's why the grass in the back wasn't properly cut. He now says I owe him 50 dollars for two cuts. He just came and rudely knocked on my door and threatened to put a $350 contractor's lien against my landlord's property if I don't pay him the money by Friday. The job wasn't complete if anything was done at all. I never signed a contract with this man and he said he trusted me in good faith and would be back at my door to collect the money on Friday.
Someone who files a lien on real estate involving false information can be charged with a tort called "slander of title." Damages for this tort can be pretty substantial. Hope this perspective helps!
For 50.00 you cant hire a a lawyer. Pay him under protest, written on the check, get a receipt showing you paid under protest, get a release from him and sue him in small claims court
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I agree with paying him the $50.00 to be done with this matter. If you pay him under protest and then turn around and file an action in small claims court this will not be over by a longshot. You have to decide whether this situation is important enough to invest your time and money to make your point. Best of luck to you.
You may think you're in the right here, and you probably are, but the bottom line is that this guy certainly can file a lien against the property for unpaid improvements and work. You cannot stop him from doing it, and you have no place objecting to it since it isn't your property. Obviously, the landlord will have an issue with you since you have no business ordering services for his property without his consent. So, pay the $50 and don't do something like this again.
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