Can a contractor charge interest without a signed contract?
We had a contractor install a new kitchen at our home. He also installed two (2) toilets & fixed a bedroom ceiling that had water damage from a roof leak.
There was no written contract.
I constantly asked him how much this project would cost & he always replied between $7,000.00 & $8,000.00.
The work was partially completed the week before Christmas but the contractor never installed the backsplash. Also, I had to engage another contractor to move a flexible gas line, had to engage another contractor to install the appliances & when this contractor moved the home thermostat he broke it. I had to purchase a new thermostat (over $400.00) and had to engage another contractor to install the thermostat.
While he was here I paid him $7,000.00 in several installments.
On March 1, 2020 I received an invoice for $9,050.00. I have made two payments toward the $2,050.00 with a final balance due of $550.00 due. The contractor is now threatening to charge interest if the balance is not paid in 10 days. It is COVID-19 & I am out of work. He would have been better to offer a small discount on the balance.
Is he entitled to interest without a signed contract?