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Question DetailsAsked on 6/20/2012

can a contractor abandon a contract

can a contractor stop working on a job and not finish if he has a contract

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It depends on the laws of your state but generally, no. If he fails to deliver the promised product as outlined in the contract he has breached the contract. Unless he has made a habit of it and the Attorney General decides to go after him for fraud it's a civil suit case for you to persue him.

Have you paid him an amount of money close to equivalent to the amount of work he has done? If he doesn't want to work at your home for whatever the reason you probably don't want to force him to return anyway. Chances are he won't finish the work properly anyway. If he does return to finish watch him and scrutinize the work carefully. Have it checked by a third party before releasing final payment to amke sure he didn't cut corners.

My suggestion is to report him to the BBB, Angie's List, any applicable local licensing departments, your District Attorney, and states Attorney General. If he has taken your money and run maybe call the local news. They like running these kinds of stories and the shame publicly broadcast about him will definitely harm if not halt his business practices.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services


Stop working implies he started and if he did, Todd's answer is great, If he has not started, and not recieved any compensation he has a perfect right to walk away just as you do. Even tho it is not right the courts do not enforce contracts where consideration has not been given.

Jim Casper

Heartland Exteriors


Answered 8 years ago by jccasper

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