I signed a contract with national energy in San Antonio Texas in March 2016 and they are still not hooked up I have 40 panels installed on my roof but the electrician never came back to finish the installation What can I do ?
This sounds like a consumer issue that could be resolved with a demand/notice letter through the Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Have a Texas lawyer look at your contract and provide you options.
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More facts are needed. As Mr. Ninomiya wrote, a demand letter might be appropriate but your post does not say or describe your damages. It is not clear what if anything you paid for the panels or for the installation. If you did not pay for the installation, send written demand that it be done by a date certain. And, if it is not, get an electrician to do it.
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That will depend on what the contact you signed actually says. We have no idea what it says.
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You should write the contractor a letter by certified mail to request that the contractor return to correct/complete his work. In that letter, you should advise generally what work needs to be corrected/completed. You should also indicate that if the contractor does not return to correct/complete his work, you will have to retain another contractor, and will hold the first contractor responsible for the costs. Finally, indicate in your letter that if the contractor does not advise that he will return to correct/complete his work within one week, you will presume that he has no intention of doing so, and you will hold him responsible for the costs of correcting/completing his work.
When the contractor does not return, you can retain another contractor to correct/complete the first contractor's work. Make sure that the second contractor itemizes his invoices and lists the costs to correct/complete the first contractor's work. You cannot charge the first contractor with the cost of work that was not within the first contractor's scope of work. For example, if the first contractor was supposed to install carpet, you cannot charge him for the second contractor's installation of ceramic tile.
Once you have tallied the costs associated with correcting/completing the first contractor's work, you can consider suing him to recover those costs. The jurisdictional maximum for small claims court in Texas is $10,000. So, if your claim exceeds that amount, you will have to sue in County or District Court. In small claims court, you can represent yourself. In County or District Court, you will have to retain an attorney. However, under Texas law, you would be entitled to recover attorney's fees if you prevailed.
Make sure that you take a lot of photos of the first contractor's work. Digital photos with the date of the photo imprinted on the photo are best. You should document the condition in which the first contractor left the work and what it took to correct/complete the work.
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