I paid a contractor 2 installments. The first installment was $20, 400 and the 2nd was $22, 500. He completed all but 2 items from the 1st installment. He has only completed 1/2 of the items from the 2nd payment. Now he is demanding more money. Some of the work is not quality craftsmanship. Example: the guest bathroom shower tile is crooked and the new gutters are crooked. Each time I ask about it about anything he tells me to calm down and that he stands by his work. Although not expressed in the contract, he verbally told me he could finish the work in 8-10 weeks. He started the work at the end of January. He has weeks he didnt even show up at the site. I am not giving him more money because he wont show up to complete the work I have already paid for. When I asked him why he hasnt shown up he said we should sit down and talk about it. I have told him from this point all communication should be done in writing. I dont know if I should demand a refund for the work not completed and the substandard work, or send a demand to complete the job. I should add that I think he has ran out of money. He showed up with a new truck last month. Do I need to retain counsel at this point?
Yup. You’re only as strong as the contract you drew up. Hopefully, you had an attorney draft it or, at least, review before it was signed.
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