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Question DetailsAsked on 11/28/2016

What do I do if I have a contract for roof repair and half the money already given to the contractor and no roofer?

Roof leaking in several areas. A friend was referred who is a contractor. He sent via email a contract good til Nov 30th. Asked for half of the money for supplies and will collect the rest when the job is finished. Based off of the fact the roof is leaking he claimed it would be done Nov 11th. It is Nov 28th and still nothing done. He always has a new excuse and at this point I feel like he ran off with 2700 and has no intention of coming. How can I get him to comply with contract or at this point try to get my money back so I can hire someone who will do it?

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Ah - another case of friend as contractor - didn't your parents teach you that friends and business don't mix, unless the friendship was derived from first being in a business relationship with them, which forms a different dynamic.

You don't say if the Nov 11th date was in writing in the contract or not - hopefully so.

I would call him and tell him that because of his failure to perform by the agreed upon date, you want an immediate full refund.

If he refuses, I would send him a certified mail, signature-required return-receipt letter and of course keep a copy and the mailing receipt (and return receipt when received back) demanding immediate full refund within 5 days due to his non-performance.

If you don't get your money within say a week of the date he signs for it, then your next step would be to contact his bonding company (he did give you a copy of insurance and bonding coverage, didn't he ?) stating he has failed to perform. Your choices (depending on his policy terms) would be for them to get another roofer to finish the job by some agreed-upon date, meaning not yuour choice of contractor), or to ask that they refund the money using his bond. (They then go after him to reimburse them for what they had to pay out).

In the midst of this, you might contact the local/state consumer fraud department and ask if he is a known fraud complaint recipient with them - though you say a friend so a local resident, likely not a hit-and-run scammer.

For a $2700 down payment (so sounds like $5400 total job cost) I hope this is for a total reroof job on a small house, not just a repair, unless you have a large roof - that amount would normally be enough to reroof about 500-1000SF of roof, depending on roof materials and slope and such.

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