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Question DetailsAsked on 8/2/2017

contractor agreed to do 2 jobs, did one, cancelled the 2nd

I hired a contractor to build a deck and screen in my porch. They completed the deck and cancelled the other job. What should I do?

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Technically, he cannot unilaterally cancel a contracted job. But if these were bid as two totally separate bids/jobs, then you would be pretty hard pressed to prove damages by him cancelling the second one, so as long as he refunds any deposit of amount paid on the job, probably just best to let him go on it - being sure his invoice on the deck job states it is paid in full and that the screening job was cancelled by HIM.

If you really want to try to hold him to the contract (assuming you have a written contract with definitive scope of work) and feel you cannot get the screening portion as cheap as he bid it, you would contact his Bonding company to "call" his bond - meaning the bonding company has to arrange for another contractor to do the job or pay the additional cost for you to do so, so you get the job for the originally agreed upon price out of your pocket, with the bonding company picking up any additional cost needed to accomplish the work.

If he is not bonded, you wouldl have to sue (probably in small claims court) for breach of contract - but again, you would have to demonstrate you have suffered loss or damage due to his refusal to abide by the contract, so hard to prove and probably not worth your time.

Of course, after all is said and done, probably appropriate to post an honest Review on Angies List and maybe Yelp or such to warn future customers of this - assuming he did not have a great excuse like personal injury or going bankrupt or such.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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