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What can we do to get a contractor to finish a job?

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Posted by: from Los Angeles
1/29/2016 at 4:58:01 AM

We hired a contractor after checking his references. We signed a contract with him that gave date of renovation to begin on March 9, 2015 and the estimated date of conclusion as May 11, 2015. It is now January 29, 2016, and the job is incomplete by a long shot and there is no estimated date of completion. We have paid all fees precisely on time. The contractor ordered our windows for the project incorrectly two times, but they were taken care of last summer. The contractor promised us crews for every subcontracted part of the renovation, but has only supplied one man for many months. No other problems or change orders have been made. We have supplied many of the materials used.

How do we get the contractor to complete this job in a timely manner and to the quality he originally promised and contracted for?

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Liam from Neirbo Construction in Parish
Date/Time2/1/2016 at 12:38:33 PM

Hi Janet,

So I just want to make sure that I understand that the contract had NO completion date. If not, then I would check with your local government agencies that cover the contractors, because typically there is a time in which a contractor has to complete the work. If you have only paid him for exactly what he has done and nothing more, then you have two options; one file a contractual cancellation with him for work incomplete and hire a new contractor to finish. This may cost you a little more in the end but you will at least get your home back. 2) contract the contractor and let him know that he will have x amount of days to complete the work or you will have your attorney file legal claims against him. At this point I would definitely contact an attorney and discuss the situation. Typically there are forms you can file against the contractor with the city.

Next time make sure there is a completion date.

Hope this helps, let me know if you need any other advice!

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Joe from Penney Construction in Andale
Date/Time2/12/2016 at 9:47:30 AM

This is always a tough situation to deal with. Your best options are to do some research to discover more options. Contact your local offices as was said above. Make sure you understand all the details. Re-read through the contract.

Once you've compiled all the necessary information and understand your options you'll ave to make a choice of whether or not to move forward with legal action.

Good Luck to you!

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Date/Time2/15/2016 at 12:02:27 PM

You guys have to sit down and talk it out. If that doesn't work you have to take legal action. Make sure you are all on the same page.

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