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Question DetailsAsked on 6/25/2014

Once you are entangled with a bad contractor, how do I get him out and get my money back?

I am a hostage. We are one month into a bathroom renovation in my studio apartment and only 20% of the work is done. There is a hole where my bathroom used to be. He has $6k of my money and my home. Every day he tells me he will be working every day until it is finished. Every day that is a lie. I have missed family events, holidays and had to reschedule surgery because of this. I can no longer afford to pay to live in another place while this work is being done. But I can't move back to the construction site that was once my home. No bathroom. So I have to (a) find someone who can put my bathroom back together during the busiest season and no one is taking on jobs AND (b) figure out how to get my money back from this lying weasel.

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I am sorry to say but it seems you might have found one of the few contractors that give us all a bad name! If you got him through Angies it might be an avenue of recourse, but if it is a scam contractor he wll probably just pop up with a new name.

Where there permits pulled for the job? If so you could talk to the town or threaten to do so to your contractor. That might get his attention if he is a legit contrator.

I would look to see if there are any contractors that would finish the job and I know you said this is the busy season but a bath remodel really does not have to season for those that do this as a main part of their business since weather does not apply.

Take pictures of how the bath was left and dates to back you up in court. I actually think from past experience you may be better chaulking this up to a learning lesson and moving on unless you are a PIT BULL and will not let go no matter what the cost. Most of these guys just change names and pop up again, leaving a trail of claims agaist the old name. If he was not incorporated you migh stand a chance.

It is almost funny to me when I hear stories like this as you never read those about the contractors that will lose money to maintain their name. There have been a few I lost money on but I can sleep nights, same name since 1975. I did not meen your situation is funny but the states have to do a better job of screening us, most will just do a check for the name of a business and not the owner! The fees they collect seem more like a make money deal for the state than protection for the consumer.


Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon


Good comments by Don as usual.

I would say time to document the lack of progress, then talk to his bond company about calling his bondto get another contractor in there to get it finished.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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