Can contractor put a lien on my property without written contract?
Hi, I am in a situation where work has been completed for me. It is a large project and the outcome is a great new landscaped front, side and back of my home. The quality of work is very good actually.
The challenge is that there were two critical items which were not made, and when we brought this to the construction company, they said that I have to pay in full. When we advised them that we can't pay for something that wasn't done, they were still adamant that we have to pay the last 10% of the balance remaining.
We refused, and said that we will pay you what is due, less the unfinished items. The truth is we can live with out the two items that were not completed.
The contractor still insisted that we pay in full, and we refused. During our back and forth, the contractor reveals that they incurred additional costs on a part of the bill, yet we were never made aware of this. They also, stated they would bill us for another part of the project where we were told that it would not incur a cost. These two new costs were never discussed during construction and were only Brough up when we challenged the balance outstanding.
We have paid the balance owning, less the two parts of the project that was not done. Yet, they still insist on paying the balance of the two new items we had not idea about.
This is a well known company that has provided construction projects around hour neighourhood. I'm sure this contractor will either send a collections agency to our door, or register a lien against our property.
Our deal for this project was an all cash job and they also threatened to charge us interest for the amount they feel is still outstanding.
It's a bit of a bizarre situation.
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