Breech of contract. Contracted work was given to a third party without our consent.
Nov 19, 2018
I'm sorry to hear about that. Even where there's a written contract to perform work, if a client decides to go with someone else for the job, it may be hard to recover. If the contract has a stipulated amount owed for breaching the contract, it might be easier to claim damages. Further, even if the contract does not stipulate damages, if a contractor has incurred costs in preparation of the job, that contractor may be able to claim damages for costs incurred (such as material costs already paid or equipment rented). However, when an agreement is broken prior to the completion of any work and no costs have been incurred by the contractor in preparation of the work, it could be very hard to show that damages occurred. Regardless, a contractor could potentially pursue a breach of contract claim in court or a claim for damages in small claims court. Of course, it might be a good idea to consult a local construction attorney first to assess the potential for any claim - they'll be able to review all relevant documentation and circumstances and advise on how best to proceed.