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Question DetailsAsked on 3/7/2016

do I have to pay for work I didn't request in St Louis?

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Generally no, as long as you did not knoowlingly see it being done and not say anything about it. There are exceptions for emergency situations - for instance if you are away and there is a house fire, generally reasonable andf necessary efforts by a neighbor or by the fire department to secure your property (board up burnt-out doors and windows for instance) are reimbursable, but generally work done without prior notice is a gift to you.

I suspect you are probably talking about a contractor doing additional things not in the scope of work and then trying to charge you for them aftear the fact. In that case generally you are not required to pay for them, but it comes down to specifics of the case, whether the need for those items could have been reasonably anticipated, whether the items are a necessary adjunct to the scope (like replacing newly discovered rotted subflooring before putting in new flooring), etc. But the general rule is that there has to be a "meeting of the minds" on the scope of work - meaning he has to get your approval to modify or increase the scope of work or change his bid.

Which gets into another item - how good a scope of work definition there was in the contract, and whether you had an "estimate" or a firm "bid" and whether there was a written contract or not.

Perhaps you could respond back using the Answer This Question yellow button right below your question to expand on your situation so the contributors here can give you a more meaningful answer.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD




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