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Question DetailsAsked on 8/10/2017

i paid for roofing materials with my credit card and the contractor kept the rebate on the reciept

i agreed to a deal with a local contractor. i told him i would pay for all the materials myself (he did not have the money) he agreed, purchased the supplies with my credit card and then he cut the bottom off of the receipt and turned in a $570 rebate and kept it. this was not our agreement. I have decided to have someone else put the roof on and he will not return my deposit?

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Well - that is a sticky situation. I would check first that the rebate on the materials has not been applied to your bill from him - if he did that then it might be hard to fault him though still not an honest thing to do. OR it could possibly be an honest mistake - especially if he is working a lot of jobs or has a bookkeeper handling his paperwork who may have seen the rebate and applied for it not realizing it came off you credit card.

If he kept the rebate and did NOT credit you with that amount, that is out and out fraud - I would contact hjim in writing about it (at least eMail) and keep a copy as sent, bringing it to his attention. Depending on your relationship with him and whether or not he is doing any more work for you, you could say you noticed this and state that since YOU had paid for the materials the rebate belongs to you and you expect a check for the $570 in the next week, since it was a rebate on materials you had paid for.

Then if he fails to refund it you could, again depending on relationship with him and whether he is still working on the job, either do a followup contact (in writing again, and probably best certified return receipt signature required) DEMANDING the rebate amount and stating if you do not have it in hand within day 5 days you will be filing a criminal fraud and theft complaint against him - that should free it up, though of course any working relationship will have gone totally to pot, if not already there.

On the roof thing - I presume he quoted you on the roofing but that it was not part of the original bid which you accepted or part of the contract, because if it was included in them generally you cannot (without good cause, which you may or may not have) break parts of the job apart unless that was an add-on option which you had not yet accepted.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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