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I hired a contractor to reface kitchen cabinets. When he showed me the sample cabinet it was wrong color. He is refusing to fix it. I dont want the color he painted. I told him to change the color to what I wanted. He is refusing and said he is going to file contractors lien. My kitchen is all torn apart, drawers are gone, no water, no stove, half of the counter tops are gone. Can he file a lien? What are my options?

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I hired a contractor to reface kitchen cabinets. When he showed me the sample cabinet it was wrong color. He is refusing to fix it. I don't want the color he painted. I told him to change the color to what I wanted. He is refusing and said he is going to file contractors lien. My kitchen is all torn apart, drawers are gone, no water, no stove, half of the counter tops are gone. Can he file a lien? What are my options?

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Jan 12, 2018
If work was performed and has gone unpaid (and, of course, if all other requirements for filing a lien have been met), a contractor will likely be able to file a mechanics lien - even if there are other disputes present. However, the factual context surrounding a dispute would likely come into play during and enforcement or foreclosure proceeding. In order to recover any sums owed, an owner can always file a claim against a contractor. Further, it could also be effective to threaten to file a complaint to the contractors board as well. If a lien is ultimately filed, contesting the lien and bonding off the lien will both be available options to move forward, among others. Of course, as the dispute escalates, it would be wise to consult with a local construction attorney.
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