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A contractor has filed a Mechanics Lien against me when he did not complete the project.

Georgia

I hired a contractor to remodel my master suite. The project was aprox 26k with an agreement to pay 50% up front and the balance upon completion. Halfway through the project the contractor asked if I would pay additional money based on work completed because his other customers were not paying him. Although not contractually obligated, I agreed and paid all but $3,300 because I was likely to become less of a priority if I paid more. BTW, this 3 month project turned into an 8 month project and all of the work has not been completed. He has sent a mechanics lien letter and I would like to know what recourse I have with an understanding that I don't intend to pay for his unfinished work that will have to be finished by another contractor. What should I do?

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May 7, 2021
You are definitely entitled to deduct the completion costs from the first contractor's contract amount, and you would only owe him monies if you paid him less than the adjusted amount. If desired, you can file a notice of contest of the lien which would shorten the time for him to take action on the lien to 60 days.
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