Originally Posted by Malcolm
I believe everyone should run a legitimate business. I'm not sure why you do not. My intentions are to protect other consumers.
Me too and with real books and no under the table deals. I always have but some do not and as long as people hire them, they will get away with it---client and work provider. Maybe it is the cost of business permits. I don't know. I certainly do not fault you for ferreting out what you thought was a deal. I really do sympathize with you in that it did not turn out so well.
Anyhow, since the guy is not legit the branch of your State government that oversees contractor licenses is not going to be able to do much nor are places like the BBB since he is not a real business either. You could join and bash him on Angie's List but its credibility is not so good. You could turn him in for not having a business license (if you are sure) but that is not exactly the same as red flagging his work. Cities where the business is located usually issue business permits.
I say again, sometimes you just have to accept your responsibility, chalk it up to a learning experience and walk away. Vengeance, as appealing is it especially when one is steamed up, may seem a good idea but is just not worth it. And without a written contract you would just be getting into "he said/she said".