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Subcontractor Puts a Lien on my House

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Posted by: from Calgary
12/2/2019 at 3:11:15 PM

Background - roofing subcontractor has put a $5000 lien on my new-to-us home. We've paid the contractor in full. I only have quote from the contractor, at the time I didn't know he was going to sub out most of work, but he is paid in full. Sub contractor shows up at my place a 2 weeks later says he didn't get paid. I state we've paid - he tells me he can put a lien on my place - which he does. Three thoughts I have, which may or may not be true -1) contractor has no concept of cash flow management and can't pay subs, 2) subs play games with unwitting customers to scare them into paying 3) contractor and subs are both in on the scam. Is the honest homeowner really the victim here? Can anybody help with logical next steps for me? It's a new mortgage so I'm in no hurry. (yes, I know, I know, before anyone chimes in with 'contracting' advice- I should have had a a more formal contract, it was not low-bid). Thanks for reading!

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Stan or Kimberly from Bartlett & Bartlett Construction in Uxbridge
Date/Time12/2/2019 at 6:14:22 PM

Hello Todd

First let me say I'm sorry for your situation.i would be inclined to say your first guess is what the problem is. Your going to hear all kinds of advise on what can be done. My advise to you is meet with a lawyer about it .

Al

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