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Question DetailsAsked on 2/21/2017

A solar power company sold gave me a quote of 38000 thousand then my bank sends me a invoice for 46000, total of

They are charging me 8 thousand dollars more without telling me and I'm paying a total of 110,000 thousand when I'm done paying it

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Ah - yet another case of unkept promises or rank add-on charges by a solar company - seems that is getting to be prety much the norm in that business.

If they quoted $38,000 - then without justification for the overruns WHICH YOU DO NOT HAVE TO AGREE TO, don't pay it. Of course, if this was a verbal quote rather then in writing as it should have been, you are in a tighter situation because it gets into a he-said/she said situation. But if a contractor gives a specific quote for a job then without yuou agreeing that there was an unanticipatable (NOT unanticipated) change of conditions beyond his control and not part of his contractual responsibility, then he has to do the work for that amount, in general.

I would first talk to the bank about the issue - and see if any overpayments can have stop payments put on them. Then I would (due to the $ amount involved) talk to an attorney who deals in contract fraud - who will presumably then connect you and him/her with the consumer fraud agency for your area. This looks like civil fraud to me at least - quite possibly criminal fraud as well, and might also come under elderly or disabled person fraud laws if one of those categories applies to you.

You may well be able to go against his bonding company as well for any overpayment to date if beyond the contract amount (though if you have paid it out or bank has done so on your authorization, you are on thin ice with that) - and possibly his insurance if you charge him with civil fraud.

Be sure when all is said and done the you get lien releases out of him and any significant suppliers and subcontractors - either as part of any final settlement agreement, or from a court judgement if it gets that far.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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