What do you do with a fraudulent stairs contractor?

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Posted by: from Woodbridge
11/13/2014 at 2:05:24 PM

I paid my deposit of several thousand dollars on a stairs job. It has been 1 month after due date for install and the contractor is making all kinds of excuses and now won't accept any calls. What can I do in such a situation...small claims?

Meanwhile we are going through anxiety and frustration and our reno has come to a complete stop as stairs is a crucial step before doing other things.

By the way, it was a stair company listed on this site with 1 review.

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Date/Time11/13/2014 at 3:12:41 PM

Was everything signed and on paper? Do you have the company name? Owner? Is there a receipt of deposit payment? Small claims would be the route I would believe you take, and I'm sure if you google other such resources, you should be able to put a lien on current work cheques until court process is completed. I was sub contracted by a company in this site as well, and I have worked on a site and still have yet to receive any type of revenue towards a contract so I have stopped working for them and is been nothing but a run around with this company. If you don't mind me asking, what is the company name so I know for future reference not to do sub contracting with them, If it is not the same company I am having problems with already. If you wish to email it for privacy that is fine as well.



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Date/Time11/13/2014 at 3:14:12 PM

Hello Steve,

I'm very sorry to here your bad news. I know it's a very frustrating process to go through, companies like ourselves sometimes need to go through this. You would need to get yourself a lawyer and go to small claims court. A lawyer I use who's very good and her price is very reasonable her name is Ashley and this is her information below:

Spiteri & Ursulak LLP

1010 - 141 Laurier Ave W.

Ottawa, ON K1P 5J3

(613) 563-1010 x226

I hope I was of some help and good luck!

Moe Ahmad

CEO/Operations Manager

Dream Touch Renovations

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Date/Time11/13/2014 at 6:22:08 PM

Hi Steve,

Sorry you have run into a low life contractor.

All the comments I can make align with those of Terrance. The contractor who made the first response.

And I use sub contractors on many of my jobs. And always for interior stairs.

I would appreciate the name of this company so I never use them as well. You can email me.

Wish you folks the best in recouping your funds.


James Fram

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Steve in Woodbridge
Date/Time11/15/2014 at 8:11:48 AM

After talking to my lawyer and telling the contractor of legal action, they have agreed on a date of install. Still I feel that their work may be sub par as they are now rushing the job.

Will keep you guys posted.

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Date/Time3/8/2015 at 2:03:52 PM

A contractor must provide a reasonable time frame. If he is 2 months past his start date you can fire him and ask for refund if he wont give you will have to sue. This can take several months and then you have to collect, another several months also call your local BBB if he is member and your local consumer affairs authority they can also look into it.

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