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Question DetailsAsked on 7/12/2013

What do you do if you caught your contractor in a lie?

Our A+ contractor knowingly lied to us. We have hard evidence to prove it. The lies were to cover up reasoning for project delays. We're at the end of the project and have other unresolved issues. He's hid behind email even though we have called out the issues and asked for a walk through or at least a conversation. Both things he has continued to ignore. We got so frustrated, we called him on the lie. He is now lying about the lies when presented with visual evidence. His emails have escalated into unprofessional incoherent rants. What is the best way to handle the final payment or induce resolution?

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I feel like I must have written this question! I lived through the same thing.

The answer is - Join Angie's list and have them talk to the lying contractor!

I even filed a complaint with the Home Improvement Commission, and they didn't do anything for me, except tell me not to make the last payment - which I did, and of course the contractor never came back to finish the job!!! The contractor who lied to me, also lied to others, and is probably bankrupt now. So you and I will have to hire someone else to finish the job.

But When I got Angie involved, the contractor all of a sudden called me and asked what he could do, to remove my F rating of him in Angie's list. WE can destroy a company with our negative ratings in Angie's List!

I will also tell you I lost a lot more money to the contractor than the cost of membership on Angie's List.

Answered 7 years ago by Guest_92984983


Your other 5 options are:

1) file a complaint with the State Attorney General's office, both for consumer fraud and to have his business license pulled

2) file a complaint with the state (or city, if applicable) contractors licensing board, to have them review or suspend his contractor's kicense

3) file BBB complaint

4) notify his bond company you are claiming against his bond for completion of the work (you should have legal advise to do this).

5) sue him for the difference between the value of the work he provided and what you have paid him so far (if you have ahead ahead of work progress) and for the cost to get another contractor on board to finish the work (though you will still be responsible for paying that contractor for the work to be done - you can only recover the ADDITIONAL cost due to the first contractor's failure

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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