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Old 05-06-2009, 11:12 AM   #1
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Hi everyone- I've been around here for a bit but this is my first post and I really hope someone might have knowledge they might share with me.

Basically I started working with an unlicensed contractor and executed 3 agreements with him. One of interior work, another for a fence, and one last one for exterior work. Everything went fine at first but when we started working on the fence he started getting really sleazy on us. He's already completed and we have paid for the 1st contract for the interior work, although it was not done to our satisfaction. The fence however is the real issue- we paid in full and are happy with the job done, but now we have subs threatening us because he has not paid them.

We would like to cancel our last contract as we are rightfully dissatisfied with his completion of the first 2 due to quality and the sub issues. The contract is a standard bid form and has NOTHING in terms of info on who/when it can be canceled. He has not started the job and has not ordered any materials. Can I cancel without risking him suing me? I have given him a small deposit- but don't mind losing it for the peace of mind.

Basically he has not breached this individual contract in any way- but does his breach of the others give me a right to back out on this one?

please help!!

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Old 05-06-2009, 11:35 AM   #2
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Why would you hire an unlicensed contractor? Wouldn't you think that you might run up against a situation like this?

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lesson learned thanks but I still need to figure out a solution...
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:00 PM   #4
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This is a legal question. You need to speak to a lawyer to get the correct answer. Or you can ask your friends and just get suppositon.
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Old 05-06-2009, 02:22 PM   #5
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The subs and suppliers will start lining up. Get a lawyer, ASAP. It will go on your credit report, if not settled pronto.

Spend the money you thought you were saving by going dishonestly. Good thing he didn't get hurt on the job, he could own your house! Be safe, G
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