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How do I get money back from a subcontractor for an unsatisfactory job?

Texas

I hired a subcontractor to paint walls, millwork, and cabinetry. The job was not completed to industry standards and it is going to cost me the same amount I have already paid this contractor to fix the mess. What recourse do I have?

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Apr 7, 2021
Issue a back charge to the subcontractor for the cost to correct/complete the work. Prepare a letter to mail by certified mail to the subcontractor to provide notice of the construction deficiencies, supported by photographs and estimates and/or invoices, and include the back charge document. Then take the money out of the subcontractor's contract balance or retainage. If there are no funds left to debit, then file suit in small claims court using your letter as evidence (assuming that your claim is less than the $20,000 jurisdictional amount for a small claims court suit). Good luck.
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