A subcontractor/"employee" of an unlicensed contractor has filed a mechanics lien, 90 days after job completion and is now taking the owhers to court for small claims to collect payment. This situation gets a little confusing and very messy very quickly. About a year ago, the tenants moved out of the property and the owners decided they wanted to repaint the property to put back on the market. The owners have a property manager so they told the property manager to find someone to do the job and provide quotes. The property manager took a few months to provide the owners with a quote, so the owners also went out looking for quotes. Unbeknownst to the owners, they stumbled upon the same contractor, an old contact the property manager had provided the owners in the past. Here's where it gets messy. The contractor provided a quote to the owners for the total of $7500, while the property manager provided a quote to the owners (with the same contractor) for the total of $9000. Neither amount was approved in writing or verbally by the owner. The work started, but the owner was unaware that it had started. Somewhere during the job, the cost ballooned to $13,000 as the owners decided they wanted to do some changes, but the additional cost was also never agreed upon and the work started. During the final stages of the job, the owners realized the quality of work was substandard so they informed the contractor and the property manager to have the issues repaired. Paint lines weren't straight, running paint on walls, different colors of paint on walls, and just overall poor quality of work. The property manager states that his duties are only valid when the property is occupied by tenants, basically saying that it's not his problem. The contractor was given an extra week to fix the issues, but nothing was done. No payment was ever made at the beginning or during the job to the contractor. When the final invoice came, the owner was shocked to see the final cost to be $13,000. The owner requests to see the company address and license of the contractor to find out that the contractor is unlicensed. Obviously the owner decides not to pay. Fast forward to 90 days after the job was "completed" and the owners are sent certified mail the "employee" of the unlicensed contractor has filed a mechanics lien on the property to collect payment of $3000 for work owed this "employee". Owners responded by stating they are not required to pay due to the fact that the job was over $500 and contractor was unlicensed. This was never resolved and now this "employee" of the unlicensed contractor is now taking the owners to small claims court to collect payment.