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How to get fair deposit refund when cancelling a contract due to workmanship and failure to fulfill contract?

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I am in a condo in North Miami Beach. There was water leaking from above that caused water damage and mold in the kitchen and adjoining bathroom. To restore the bathroom a plumbing work order was agreed to: Replace two angle stops (Master and Guest Bath), replace shower valve, a new toilet, and new tub. 1/2 of the estimate was paid as a deposit. Additionally, we agreed on a specific shower valve model, written in the work order, a Moen PosiTemp which has pressure balancing and allows for future trim changes without needing to turn off the water. The one installed is a basic cheap valve that isn't even the same brand or type specified, with individual hot and cold knobs. The tub faucet has a dripping leak and the shower head does not flow. They installed new angle stops in both bathrooms. They removed the old toilet and tub. When the toilet was removed we noticed the toilet flange needed to be replaced so they installed a new one, which was paid for in full as a seperate work order. No toilet nor tub was installed. Today I was told by the City of North Miami Beach that a permit was needed before work was started for the valves and tub replacement. I did not ask about the flange but if the valve counts I suspect so does the flange. This means that we will have to now pull a permit with a fine / fee for having started work already. I'm not sure if any of their work passes inspection or city standards to know if any of it will need to be re-done by the next plumber. Are there laws that help protect me here? Are there laws defining fair refund for this kind of situation? Is the practice of performing work without a permit legal / are there avenues to report them? Thanks for your time, Peace, Love, Happiness!

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