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Posted by: from Spencerville
9/26/2011 at 3:08:41 PM

We have hired a contractor to put on an addition, we have no signed contract, things have gone bad due to poor workmanship,we stopped work on the addition, now the contractor is putting a Lien on the property. Without a signed contract are we liable?

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Date/Time9/26/2011 at 3:29:18 PM

You're both liable, as you have both proceeded as if there was a contract, so it's "implied".

What is the beef really about?



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Date/Time9/27/2011 at 3:17:39 PM

you did the smart thing in stopping , if theres no signed contract a verbal is still binding, look for another contractor be upfront with them, even a signed contract doesnt mean to much this day and age

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Date/Time10/4/2011 at 5:11:34 PM

Both of the above posts are right. For legal advice, contact a lawyer. Most offer a 30 minute free consultation.

Brett Barager, MSW, CHI

Lone-Wolf Contracting

(A Division of Lone-Wolf Enterprises)


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Date/Time10/4/2011 at 10:02:10 PM

Hi Mike,

Was the poor workmanship something that would be cause for an inspection on the structure of the addition to fail?

There should be a structural permit for the addition, thus if it is poor enough to fail the inspection, then the contrctor would be at fault to fix his mistakes.

Regardless, you did the right thing in stopping the project in it's tracks.

If this agreement you had with the contractor was verbal, and thus an implied contract, who's to say it didn't mean that he was to do only the work up to the point you put a stop to it?

If it does get messy though, a lawyer is the best guy to talk to about this situation.

Bill Clawsie

Clawsie Contracting


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