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Posted by: from Guelph
8/9/2017 at 11:30:52 AM

We hired a contractor from your website and he is not completing the work.

We do not know what to do in order to get this person to finish the work he started a month ago.

According to your website, he has good reviews.

We need help, does anyone have any suggestions on how to get our money back or get him to finish the work?

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Date/Time8/9/2017 at 2:52:23 PM

Were there any circumstances that caused the delay? Waiting for cabinetry, permits and inspections?

If there is no reason for it I'm afraid you will have to take them to court.

I always have my clients pay in increments. After the initial deposit I ask for funds as we complete sections. In future choose a contractor that does the same thing. Another thing you could do to apply a little pressure is to visit the big box store he or she deals with and let them know the situation at the commercial desk. A little embarasment might help.

I wish you the bedt in gettong the job completed or getting funds returned so you can arrange a different contractor.

James

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Laura from DCLQSR Inc. in Mississauga
Date/Time8/9/2017 at 4:15:19 PM

Hi Nicole - terribly sorry to hear this but unfortunate it is a reality of industry and some unscrupulous operators.

If I am reading this right it is a case of abandonment which is breach of contract, verbal or written.

I would send the GC a registered letter advising them of breach of contract and your intentions to engage another GC to complete the abandoned work and remedy any deficiencies if they do not provide you a plan to complete the work.

You will further be seeking damages and costs for delay and engagement of another GC. You should also advise them that you plan to make your situation public here and on other consumer report sights. They make a living on their reputation.. if it is threatened they should think twice before not acting.

This will either end up him completing - giving a reason for not completing or end up in court. Your funds are gone and unless it is a court order with judgement and garnishment you wont see any money.

Regards it is no easy process and adds stress to the process of renovations.

Frank Deluca

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Date/Time8/10/2017 at 8:20:36 AM

You should try to talk to him once again and it might tell him that you will post a negative review online in case he did not do his contract obligation and I think with such a reputable on line contractor he will be concerned about his reputation and should react

Going court unfortunately it's long process and it may end up for no where

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Date/Time8/10/2017 at 9:24:13 PM

Nicole, Sorry to hear about your situation. I avoid the issue by only asking for payment for work done. This is the problem with paying in advance, the money may be already spent. I would suggest contacting the contractor repeatedly with the suggest threat of going public with the company name if he does not respond. There is nothing worse than bad publicity. Again, sorry to hear ... keep after him/her.

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Date/Time8/14/2017 at 3:19:57 PM

Post a bad review on this site for him for sure. If the arbitration staff rule your way, it goes on his review listings and he can't take it off. Good luck!

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Nicole in Guelph
Date/Time8/14/2017 at 4:31:41 PM

Thank you for your help! I did put a bad review and he is mad but still not showing up or giving the money.

He has one week to finish!!

Very upsetting

It seems this bad contractors can get away with everything

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