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What to do when contractor owes money?

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Posted by: from Montreal
9/6/2016 at 8:08:32 PM

Hello everyone,

I have a question in regards to the job that was completed.

I am a subcontractor and I did a job for the contactor who did not pay me. I know that the client was very happy with my job and paid the full amount to the contractor. I approached the contractor and he only gave me 30% from the full payment and he asked me if I can wait. One year had passed and I tried to contact the contractor numerous times and he was not answering.

What can I do in this situation? The amount that he owes me is over 10000.

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Tim from Winges Carpentry in Mountain
Date/Time9/7/2016 at 8:06:44 AM

Hi Mark,

This is very bad business practice. It helps if you have something down on paper even in a Email stating how much he will pay you or how much per hour. If this was only verbal unfortunately you must now play dirty. If he is registered with Trustpros of the Better Business Bureau you must write in very detailed complaints. if not you can try to place a lean against his vehicles . Talk to your Lawyer. If you know where he lives, you

can send him a " Legal Letter " to start, sometimes this scares people to pay up before you proceed to the next step of small claims court. The Law is on your side on this one.

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Date/Time9/7/2016 at 9:33:41 PM

If you got documentation, sue his butt before our cant

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Joseph from DesignBuild in Oshawa
Date/Time9/8/2016 at 7:53:12 PM

Hi,

Well for starters if you have a good relationship with the clients get a letter stating the work was completed and they were satisfied. Hopefully you have some record of your agreement with the contractor and perhaps photos of the work. File a small claims court case. Even if you don't have a record of the agreement standard industry charges for the work done is admissible. Consult a lawyer. In some instances you may be able to

file a lien on the property and I'm sure the home owners would NOT be pleased and pursue the contractor themselves. See a lawyer.

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