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Question DetailsAsked on 5/6/2014

Electrician/plumber is not finishing job he's been paid for

We fired general contractor and the plumber/electrician we have paid will not finish due to being friends with the contractor. He shows up maybe one day a week and insults the people who have been hired to do other work in the home. This is new contruction.

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Presumably you had a contract - so you should be talking to a contracts attorney about this, because you have to negotiate final payment/refund with contractor, get lien releases, possibly claim on his bond to get the job finished, etc. Also, if you were paying his subs yourself (not through the GC) then their refusal to finish their work puts THEM in breach of contract with you.

You have a mess- you need someone familiar with dealing with messes, and that is an attorney in this case.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


Hello, this is Meranda with Angie's List.

I'm sorry to hear about your bad experience with this contractor. To piggyback off LCD's advice on pulling your contracts and looking into that angle... If they are licensed (and most states license the trades you referenced), you can also complain to the licensing board, which may have a homeowner restitution fund.

You should definitely submit a review on about your experience so other consumers know about it. You also may find help in this article from our Newsroom about what to do when a contractor screws you over.

As an added benefit of membership, when you submit a review with a grade below C, you may be able to go through our Complaint Resolution Process. In that case, one of our staff members will contact the company on your behalf to try to reach a solution/resolution for you.

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Good luck!

Answered 6 years ago by Meranda


Read this one again as a possible reference for another question - sounds like the general problem here is the "general contractor" was not really acting as a general contractor - maybe as a framer or foundation & framing contractor only, because you had other contractors working directly for you in the home. So sounds like he was upset you were basically taking the bread (work) out of his mouth by individually contracting with other people instead of having him do or subcontract out those work items.

If the plumber and electrician were originally subs to him, then yeah I can see them not wanting to work directly for you after firing him, and you had no contractual relationship with them in that case. If they were contracted directly to you (back to the GC not really being the GC on the job in that case, you were acting as GC) then they have an obligation to finish the job with you, and they just have to explain to the GC that they are under contract to you on the job and his getting fired does not affect their contract validity, so they have to finish it out despite him being kicked off the job, same as they would finish out any job they were subcontracted to him for.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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