Contractor contacted via text. All agreements were made through text. Now hes refusing to pay
Jun 4, 2019
That's a good question. First, it's worth noting that a contract need not be in writing in order to be binding - even a contract that's made verbally or only implied could be binding if offer, acceptance, and consideration were all present. Further, in many situations, emails or even text messages may be considered a binding contract - but that's extremely dependent on the circumstances, the type of contract purportedly being entered into, and text of the messages themselves.
So, text messages could form a binding contract - but they won't in all situations. For the most clarity, consulting with a local construction attorney and having them review the communications and documentation will go a long way. They'll be able to assess the circumstances and advise on whether a contract has been performed as well as how to proceed in your situation.