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Question DetailsAsked on 7/17/2016

what can we do if the electrician doesn't come to finish the job in san antonio

in October 2015 we paid our electrician Jose Angel half of $3,500 to rewire our rental house. we explain to him that we would let him know when we'll have the rest of the money to come back to start the job. We called him in April 2016 to let him know that instead we wanted to separate the meter to the back apartment at our house with the we had already paid him. on May 02, 2016 he texted my husband that he was waiting for a friend to help do the job for us. we have called him many, many times and he doesn't answer our calls. we don't know what to do. Please advise.

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Several possible options are given in the responses - I would start by sending a certified return receipt letter. I guess you could give him an ultimatum about a start date, but I would say you are probably better off just asking to cancel the job and get a full refund because if you can't contact him and the work has not been started, what about the next time there is a problem on the job or with is showing up ?


It worries me also that you gave him $3500 up front and would call him when you had the rest of the money - implies to me that you were going to pay him 100% up front before the work even started which is a very bad idea, instead of the more usual 10-20% and maybe one or two progress payments (maybe not for this short-term a job) and then a final payment upon completion.


It also concerns me that $3500 was a partial payment - for a normal sized house, the electrical part (not including drywall repair and repainting of the areas opened up to do the rewiring) would commonly be in that ballpark, or less with easy open basement or crawlspace joist access or if not replacing complete service as well, so it makes me wonder what the total you were going to pay was ? Did you have competing bids to see that his bid was a reasonable bid for your scope of work ?


Also - you called him in April and it is now late July - that is about 3 months without him contacting you about the job - I would be worried your money has run off.


You could contact the local fraud unit at the local district attorneys or prosecuting attorneys office to see if his name or company name is known to them - this could have been a ripoff scam.


If you cannot get your money back or contact him, try calling his Bond for a refund - he was bonded, right ?


Since this is possible fraud, you could also, if bonding company does not cover the refund, file a claim with his insurance company for a full refund. He was insured, right ?


If he provided a contractor license number or full name you could check the state website to see if he is still licensed (or ever was) and what his current business address is. Could also check Angies List for contact info if his company is listed there.


About contacting him - you could always get a friend to try calling him or texting on THEIR phone (so does not appear on caller ID as coming from you) about a possible job and see if he responds to them; or call from a pay phone youself - would let you know if he still in the area and either doing work or at least soliciting work and taking money - which might interest the police too.


Final recourse - if you feel this is fraud, file a fraud complaint with the police department or applicable consumer fraud unit with local/county police, and/or get an attorney to help you try to recover the money, though you can't afford to spend too much money on an attorney for the amount at risk. [Or with Elder Fraud unit if you are elderly and there is one in your local DA's office or state Attorney General's office]

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I did a quick search for Jose Angel electricians in your area in case you do not have the company name - came up with these, probably more in the area because Jose Angel is a common hispanic name amongst those of Texan ancestry - there was a Jose Angel Gutteriz (sp ?) who was a well-known hispanic activist in Texas in the 70's as I recall.

1) Jose Angel Puga - First Choice Builders

2) Jose Angel Cantorena - electrical license, not business name shown

3) Jose Angel ????? - WillFixIt .com

4) Jose Angel Hernandez Eufracio - JMEC Electrical Contractors

5) Jose Angel Flores - electrician, no company name

6) Jose Giron - J&B Electrical Contractors

Answered 2 years ago by LCD




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