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Hi, If a contractor signed a contract where he's responsible for the design and permitting process (for work both within the envelope of the house as well as outside - deck construction) as well as carrying out the work, back in June 2019, only submitted the permit applications to the city in Dec' 2019, and only now received the permits from the city, can he rightfully blame this on COVID and therefore ask the client for more money than specified in the contract due to the increases in construction costs? ...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentJul 24, 2021
CaliforniaConstruction ContractLicenses
My company project managed a fire at a 9 unit bldg. State Farm played many games throughout the process. From grossly undervaluing the loss at $247,500, failing to advance any funds until I threatened to send the insured to an attorney, changed adjusters 5 times and slow walked subsequent funds for what turned out to be $1.8M in damages. They then stiffed the client for any oversight of remediation and abatement. A fee the industries pays at 20% of the underlying cost. Even though I only billed at 10% they told the insured they will not pay a penny despite much documentation and communication of my deep involvement. I do not want to burn a bridge with the client. However, I also do not want to walk away from the $35,000+ rightfully owed. They cannot point to any policy exclusion and admit "they pay on occasion". I have successfully collected the 20% in the past from State Farm. Here, with $1.8M in damages involving nine units, during COVID- shut-down and displaced residents, I cannot think of a loss that was more qualifying. Unfortunately, the fifth adjuster came in with an attitude that we were ripping off State Farm. As a former Insurance Agent and Claims Adjuster, nothing could be further from the truth and I took her to task for that. ...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
2 answersAdd commentJul 17, 2021
California
I'm a General contractor who oversaw a project and did minimal work at this property that added up to $22,000 But I didn't file a prelien notice, can I still file a mechanics lien?...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentJul 23, 2021
California
I'm the general contractor of a certain project, the tenant failed to pay my invoice up until now, and suddenly they terminated my contract. The invoice is a change order, before the invoice i sent a proposal change order but they ignore it. ...Read More
Anonymous General Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentJul 23, 2021
CaliforniaPayment Disputes
Hello! We are a subcontractor on a PRIVATE job in California. There is a Bond. Do I need the bond number for the Preliminary Notice? The notice indicates that I can include the Bond number IF I have it. Does this mean the notice is valid with ONLY the name of the surety company?...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentJul 23, 2021
CaliforniaPreliminary Notice
Hi. I sometimes have difficulty getting the Bond number from an Owner or GC. Do I actually need it for a Preliminary Notice, or is the name of the Surety Company sufficient?...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
3 answersAdd commentJul 15, 2021
CaliforniaPreliminary Notice
I'm a restoration contractor who completed work about 3 months ago for a homeowner. The homeowner's insurance adjuster took about 45 days to respond and issue our payment. We then sent the check to the homeowner to endorse but he is now refusing to pay. Can a lien be filed or do we have to pursue our payment in court?...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentJul 23, 2021
CaliforniaJoint ChecksMechanics Lien
I'm a sub who was working for a contactor on a job that ended in May. I know I have 90 days to file from the day of leaving the job but I'm not sure what to file - Intent to lien? ...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentJul 22, 2021
California
I am a plumbing contractor acting as primary contractor on a water main replacement. Customer is not paying. Its been since feb 2021. ...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentJul 21, 2021
California
I am installing a security system that we will be leasing. The cost was $550 for installation and $200 monthly monitoring and service. Am I still obligated to pay prevailing wage for this. Thanks, Jeff...Read More
Jeff Nickell
Waiting for answerAdd commentJul 21, 2021
CaliforniaPrevailing Wages
we are trying to prelim a location with the address being: 15704 thru 15710 Mountain Avenue Chino, Ca can we put the address on the prelim like this or can you please tell us how to write this on the prelim so the entire building is covered. Thank you. ...Read More
Sheila St. Clair
1 answerAdd commentJul 16, 2021
California
I hired a licensed company I found online for bathroom tile install. The estimator came to the house to give a quote. Everything was done over texting and I hired him. The worker/estimator did all the work. He never gave me contract nor receipt. Job went bad and I have to demo everything. Worker/estimator stopped receiving call. I looked up company on CA state license page and called and turns out this estimator was not the owner but just a regular w2 employee. Owner spoke with his employee (which happens to be a relative) and employee agreed to refund me full about. $3,600. Employee was suppose to give owner check for owner to mail to me. Owner fired employee before receiving check and lost all contact with him. Now owner is saying he has no involvement because there was no contract signed, he was unaware, and his employee went rouge. Owner told me to go after (sue) his now former employee. Do I send demand letter and sue former employee or employer or both? Found out where employee lives through truthfinder.com. On CA state license board employer has a p.o box. Though secratary state webite that company address is the same as employee. ...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentJul 21, 2021
CaliforniaLawsuit
I hired a GC who specialized in repairing fire damage homes. The original scope of the job was to fix a drainage pipe under the concrete slab. Since then the kitchen had to be torn out and tile floors removed etc... since there was going to be a delay on cabinets i asked if they could work ln the bathrooms. essentially turning into a whole house remodel. My issue is that the GC has asked for payment after completing maybe 30% of the actual work mostly demo and refilling the concrete slab and prepping it for vinyl flooring. My issue with this GC is the amount of time it has taken to complete jobs and tasks and do good work. I have found his workers lazy and did shoddy job on the tile shower and now i find that they didnt prep the floor properly where they cut the concrete. so the floors need to be redone. problem is they already put cabinets down. I want them to redo everything they didnt do right. now this will delay the project further and im just afraid they will do more shoddy work since we arent even finished yet. I have already paid this GC 16k to show him i can pay him. Hes asked for more payment but I have refused it until all jobs are completed and inspected that everything is done properly. After 3 months of watching how lazy and time wasting they are only to do a shoddy job with tiles not to mention the countless mistakes with water pipes etc... im now ready to find a new company.... what are my options besides asking him to redo the work?...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentJul 21, 2021
CaliforniaChange OrdersConstruction ContractNotice of Termination
Repaired a roof on a residential property and the homeowner has not paid the amount owed....Read More
Anonymous General Contractor
1 answerAdd commentJul 20, 2021
California
I did some work on a car for a friend of a friend. While waiting for the guy to come pick up the car and pay me, I found out from our mutual friend that he died. From what I understand, he has no family or heirs. I would like to keep the car as payment for the work I performed. How do I go about doing that? I am not a licensed mechanic and I don't work in a shop. I am a licensed electrical contractor and I did perform electrical repairs on this vehicle. Do I file a mechanic's lien or ??? Not sure how to proceed. ...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentJul 20, 2021
CaliforniaMechanics Lien