If one person asked me to help on a project another person moving into the house gave me the deposit who legaly hired me

8 months ago

There are 3 active parties out of the 4 involved in this project. Merri Axt is the person planning on moving in to the property and the sister of Frederick Axt. Who I discovered yesterday owns the house and is also incarcerated in the Texas Department of Corrections. The property was put in his name in 2011 by there now deceased mother for one reason or another.
Janet Green is Merri’s aunt and Melissa Hicks is a close friend of Janet & the deceased. It was there idea that Merri move into this property and out of the one she was living in with her mom for many years.
Melissa Hicks called me and asked me to help on this project and I met with her on the job for the walk thru for the initial bid. I met with her and Merri the second time to finalize things and we verbally agreed on terms and Merri gave me a deposit to start the job and later gave me funds for materials for extra items added to the bid.

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When one person hires another person on behalf of a third party, the contract is generally considered a deal between the hired party and the 3rd party who’s benefitting from the work. In construction, it’s common for a property owner to have someone else sign the agreement, authorize the work, and even make payments directly on their behalf – like a property manager. Of course, if the owner hasn’t authorized the contract, then they might not be considered a part of the arrangement at all.

So, if an authorized representative contracts for and even pays for work on behalf of an owner, then the contract is generally deemed to be with the owner (particularly when it’d be impossible for the owner to appear themselves). But, if someone contracts for the improvement of the owner’s land without the owner’s consent and approval, then that party may be deemed the hiring party.

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