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Old 01-29-2011, 02:27 PM   #1
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I was wondering if you could sue a contractor in Calgary Alberta, if the job was completed with no permits and an unlicensed plumber?

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You should really be consulting a lawyer, not a Do-It-Yourself forum.

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You should really be consulting a lawyer, not a Do-It-Yourself forum.
He's planning on going to law school and then suing him.
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I'm not a lawyer, but I play one online.

The answer is no.

If the work was done and you paid for it the deal is done. The only recourse is reporting him to the building and permits office and they can take action against his licensing and will probably fine him.
You can sue contractors for not performing services that you paid for or what you were promised in a contract, and you want money back.


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If Canada is anything like the States, you can sue the contractor for being ugly, overweight, showing his butt crack, or anything else you can dream up. Whether you can win or not is a totally different question.
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Well gents, I once heard about someone who successfully sued his drug dealer for short shifting him!
I think you can sue the contractor for anything you want and possibly win. Are you suing because of poor workmanship or because of the permit/plumber situation? Depends what your contract said. Did the plumbing pass inspection? If the permit , or lack thereof, wasn't signed off, then you could have a problem selling it or even getting it appraised for a second mortgage
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If Canada is anything like the States, you can sue the contractor for being ugly, overweight, showing his butt crack, or anything else you can dream up. Whether you can win or not is a totally different question.
Canada has been much different from the States in terms of litigating, but sadly it is becoming more similar.
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Does what you included in the agreement say that it must be done according to code and inspected or was it just casual agreement. If you have no proof of what was agreed on, you are on very thin ice.

If permits are required, the home owner normally has an obligation to get a permit in one way or another to protect the value of the property. This obligation is usually specified in advance so everyone knows what the situation is.

The supplier of the labor and/or materials for improvements to the propery may be entitled to file a lien, depending on the local laws. If the contractor can produce a "paper trail", he can prove he enhanced your property value.

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