I hired contractor A to mount a TV centered in an alcove in my house. The contractor did a terrible job (TV far from centered and not level). When I showed them what they did wrong they wanted and outrageous amount of money to mount the TV correctly (over 8 hrs labor just to repair sheetrock). I found someone else who came and fixed their mess, mounted the TV correctly, repaired and painted the wall as well as hung a bluRay bracket and repair two other Items in my house in half a day charging less than contractor A wanted to just hang the TV.
Now contractor A is wanting me to pay them for their work but I have so far refused to pay the bill. I couldn't use anything they did and their mistakes were easily avoidable if the contractor took a few measurements before they started and did a little bit of basic math to determine that just using the existing studs would not allow for the TV to be centered in the alcove.
But what harm can they do to me? Put a mark on my credit reports? Sue me? I have lots of pictures & am happy to go to small claims court.
What can or could they do? They can or could file a lawsuit. They can write letters to anyone explaining what their view or story is. They may be able to file a lien. But that isnt everything. If they do do something, you shouldn't hesitate to contact a lawyer.
I am not Your attorney. I am not looking out for Your interests. This answer does not form an attorney-client relationship and should not be interpreted as such. Litigation has time sensitive deadlines. Failure to assert legal rights could result in the waiver (loss) of them. You should, without delay, seek out an attorney if you feel you need legal assistance. Nothing in this post should be used as a substitute for speaking with a licensed attorney about your legal needs and the specifics of your matter.
You should consider preparing a letter to mail by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the first contractor to set out the facts and to demand the relief that you want. Attach the invoice from the second contractor as well as a copy of your payment. Also include a photograph of the lousy installation from the first contractor. Make sure that your letter is professional and business like as it may be evidence later.
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