I had a contactor give me a fake name and he didnt end up paying me for the job I completed in clients house. The clients paid him but he took off with the money.
What steps can I take to get my money?
This job was for hardwood flooring and stairs and I've had to pay out of my pocket my workers, and for material too.
Lien the client's home, it's your only option.
It's unfortunate. Hopefully you learned your lesson. Always get a deposit.
How stupid can u be. I believe u are honest. Nobody out there is (except for the few that wil respond). You best bite it.. going thru courts will cost u more than u would have made. Suggest hiring some tough guys.. at least some satisfaction will be there.
Any problems with this post please call or email if you are afraid !!!
I would do two things.
First you call the police and lay fraud charges against this guy.
Also, have the home owners not got the scoop on him? Have they not paid him?
And if by cheque, to whom specifically.
If you can prove you did the work, you can lien the clients home as well.
In future, check out the contractor, just as homeowners should.
Lien the homeowners house and explain to them that its not them you are after but the contractor that did the job. So if they owe him money, they can hold back amount owed to you. Chances are if he has done it to you that he did it to someone else too. If you find that the contractor has skipped town, you can always agree to remove the lien.
Tell them its not personal but business is business and they are ultimately at fault too because you did work on there house and both you and them should have done there due diligence in hiring the guy or working for him...That's what the judge will say.
Here in BC you can lien any home you have done part or full jobs including materials, labour and time and legal costs. The only problem is the lien only is good for 1 year so you have to keep liening the house if you haven't been paid. But if its gone on that long, your probably not going to get paid.
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