Is there a legal time allotment for bathroom reno when its the only bathroom in the house?

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Posted by: from Swift Current
3/7/2011 at 8:47:30 AM

i hired a guy for my landlord to redo our bathroom due to mold, she sent him a $3500 down payment. now he has not come at 8 am and left at 5 its been pathcy sometimes he is here at 1 or even 3 in the afternoon for the first time in a day. this is the only bathroom we have. our neighbors let us shower at their home for the first 2 weeks., this is week 3 we both work and have not been able to shower or bath us or our kids since thurs/fri of last week. our neighbors got bitchy and told us no. so now this is all we have, and we have nothing. isnt there a law about how long a bathroom should take? is there an angency that i can call to help me out of this jam......hes already been half paid and it takes 2 weeks for any payment to reach me from my land lady as she is in the states on holiday. but i cant live without a bathroom and we are low income so we can not rent a hotel room for a week or even a night, i hahve no clue what to do, im stressed out, and feeling super dirty due to no shower in 4 days!!! HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!

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Date/Time3/11/2011 at 1:18:02 PM

First of all, let us apologize for your contractor`s tardiness. Your bath renovation pending your requirements such as product and services should not take more than 10 days for a basic bathroom. It seems that the contractor may be looking after more projects at the same time than what they may be capable of doing and your project is near the bottom of the list. Far too long to complete.

For him to already be paid half of the total amount, our questions are how much has he completed thus far in your bath and how much is left to be completed? Pending on how much he has done up to this point will determine if there is enough left in the budget to hire a different contractor to finish what is left in a more timely manor. Did you get a written quote and references from this contractor and do they carry Liability Insurance for your protection? Also, does the contractor have a valid Business License?

We specialize in complete bath and kitchen renovations from start to finish. Give us a call and we can arrange to take a look so as we may offer a more detailed evaluation of additional options available to you at this time.

Hopefully, you will have this resolved immediately.


Cindy and Dan

Diva Dream Designs

Edmonton, AB

Telephone: 780-932-7419

Alternate: 780-906-3204

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PaMar Renovations Inc. in St Catharines
Date/Time3/19/2011 at 6:00:16 PM

Hi Jill,

Sometimes as a general contractor, I get sub trades who treat me this way, and I tell them " to hit the road ". Have your land lord deal with re cooping the money, or settling up, but I would send him a letter of intent to sue, ( and he will show up to finish, don't worry ) or if he doesn't, cut your loses and move on to another reputable guy, with references and insurance ! AND TIME CONSTRAINT !!!!! Don't pay them anything, you buy the material and pay for the labor after your satisfied ! Be firm !!

Some guys are just fly by nighters, who can't handle this industry !

Cheers, Timm Paugh

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Date/Time5/19/2011 at 5:47:01 PM

I agree with Tim. Threaten to sue him and give him a notice of breach of contract or at least breach of building practices. If there is no response then cut your losses. I too have had subcontractors that take on more then they can handle or clearly don't know what they are doing.

Sorry about your trouble.

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