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    My elderly parents have paid a contractor thousands of dollars upfront
    to do some work on their house. The guy had barely started the work
    and then he abruptly stopped. The reason? According to him, he's been
    sick, his wife has been sick, his son has been sick, his dog has been
    sick, his neighbor's goldfish has been sick, his pet rock has been
    sick, ...well, you get the idea. Weeks have passed and meanwhile this
    man has left my parents' house a wreck and will give no indication
    when he might complete the work. What can my parents do to either
    compel this person to finish the work or refund their money? I
    honestly do not think this person has any intentions of finishing the
    job. He was very adamant about being paid upfront, in cash and
    unfortunately my parents were trusting.

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    Contractor refuses to complete work

    [email protected] wrote:>>
    My elderly parents have paid a contractor thousands of dollars upfront to do some work on their house. The guy had barely started the work and then he abruptly stopped. The reason? According to him, he's been sick, his wife has been sick, his son has been sick, his dog has been sick, his neighbor's goldfish has been sick, his pet rock has been sick, ...well, you get the idea. Weeks have passed and meanwhile this man has left my parents' house a wreck and will give no indication when he might complete the work. What can my parents do to either compel this person to finish the work or refund their money? I honestly do not think this person has any intentions of finishing the job. He was very adamant about being paid upfront, in cash and unfortunately my parents were trusting.
    Forget the guy and just file a law suit on him. Hire an attorney though.
    It would appear the guy needed the money to cover his past over due bills.
    Hire a new contractor. This time, put it in writing the contractor will be
    paid on a weekly basis dependent upon what he has done so far.
    At the end of the week, the contractor presents an itemized invoice of
    materials and labor.
    Question anything you do not see having been done.
    Pay the contractor only when you're satisfied the job was done as stated.

    If you have a video camera, document the work in progress. Have the
    contractor explain why he's doing certain things that way. Any reputable
    contractable will be happy to explain the job on hand.



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      Contractor refuses to complete work

      <[email protected]> wrote in message
      news:[email protected] m...
      My elderly parents have paid a contractor thousands of dollars upfront to do some work on their house. The guy had barely started the work and then he abruptly stopped. The reason? According to him, he's been sick, his wife has been sick, his son has been sick, his dog has been sick, his neighbor's goldfish has been sick, his pet rock has been sick, ...well, you get the idea. Weeks have passed and meanwhile this man has left my parents' house a wreck and will give no indication when he might complete the work. What can my parents do to either compel this person to finish the work or refund their money? I honestly do not think this person has any intentions of finishing the job. He was very adamant about being paid upfront, in cash and unfortunately my parents were trusting.
      Everything TOTE said is right. Here's more. Your parents shouldn't try to
      get the contractor to finish. This is not the contractor they should want
      blundering around their house. He's not going to change. What good is it
      to get from 10% done to 30% done, followed by another dissappearing act?
      Get a new contractor. Get the job done, sue the old one for damages. Maybe
      the damages amount is a full refund, maybe more, maybe less. The first step
      is a letter to the contractor cancelling the job and demanding a full
      refund. Then hire the new one. Then file a complaint with the contractors'
      licensing board. Then find out if the contractor is required by the state
      to be bonded. You can find that out from the contractor's licensing board.
      While all of that is going on, the new contractor has finished the job.

      McGyver


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        Contractor refuses to complete work

        <[email protected]> wrote in
        My elderly parents have paid a contractor thousands of dollars upfront to do some work on their house. The guy had barely started the work and then he abruptly stopped. The reason? According to him, he's been sick, his wife has been sick, his son has been sick, his dog has been sick, his neighbor's goldfish has been sick, his pet rock has been sick, ...well, you get the idea. Weeks have passed and meanwhile this man has left my parents' house a wreck and will give no indication when he might complete the work. What can my parents do to either compel this person to finish the work or refund their money? I honestly do not think this person has any intentions of finishing the job. He was very adamant about being paid upfront, in cash and unfortunately my parents were trusting.
        Man I'm going to have to make use of my McGuiver personality in this forum.
        Before you jump to conclusions you've not said if you have asked for your
        money back! And suing people with no money, however appealing the idea
        is, doesn't get 1 penny. If you have a receipt then your are entitled to have
        the contract fulfilled.

        Herc



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