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As a homeowner, is it possible to remove a mechanical lien via small claims if the amount is under $5k? Or, is there some other mechanism to dispute a lien put on your property? If so, what’s the deadline to dispute a lien? Thank you!...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentSep 26, 2022
IdahoLien WaiversMechanics Lien
After 10 months, we parted ways with our contractor because of deceit and fraud. The contractor never gave us a Residential Disclosure Notice. We will be litigating. The contractor then gave our phone number to one of its own subcontractors to get payment from us. We have paid our contracted rate for framing in full, and that is what we told the subcontractor. He told us he knows that his beef is not with us but with the general contractor. That subcontractor has now filed a mechanic’s lien, which is invalid for several reasons. The contractor also filed an invalid lien, and the 90 days to complete an amendment is passed. We have no intention of moving from our home, but we have never had a mechanic’s lien against any property we’ve ever owned. Nor do we owe any money to anyone. So how do we quiet the title against these two invalid mechanic’s liens? Thank you for your help. Dawn Richerson ...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentAug 20, 2022
IdahoMechanics Lien
We placed a lien on a property we worked on recently due to lack of payment. The customer has now served us, claiming we may be violating Idaho code 45-525. If this is required, we may just be doing that as I never completed this form. We did file a notice of lien. ...Read More
Anonymous Subcontractor
1 answerAdd commentSep 20, 2021
IdahoRight to Lien
I have completed a project and my customers only made his FIRST payment. Now he is unhappy with the job and refused to make any payments he has had his attorney send me letters in the mail...Read More
Anonymous General Contractor
1 answerAdd commentSep 27, 2020
IdahoConstruction Contract
We have a new construction residential build. At the recommendation of friends, we chose a different stonemason than our GC usually uses and we have been managing him directly. We have no contract with him. We signed the original estimate of $17,500 and paid a materials deposit of $8,000. Issues with the workmanship occurred and he became very defensive and difficult to deal with. Everything from that point forward occurred through email, with his girlfriend we think writing them. They proposed a final price that included a discount of $2,000 and we agreed to that amount and they termed it the "the final price of the project is $13,752." This is in addition to the $8000 materials payment we had already made. He then finished the rest of the project. We asked for receipts for all the materials and in gathering those he realized the materials cost was $2500 more than he had factored into that "final price of the project." He said he was unaware how much the difference was until then and demanded we pay for it. We negotiated some of that down, but he is still pushing back on more of it and we feel we have used good faith but are no longer interested in negotiating with him. We did not agree to any cost overruns in advance above the $13,752 + $8,000. It feels like the extra materials is a bait and switch. We want to push back and say that the only thing we agreed to was the $13,752 and that is now all we will pay. However, we are concerned that he will put a lien on our build if he does not get the full amount he is now demanding. Negotiating it down, it sits at $1,000 more than the $13,752. So we are talking about not that much in the big picture. We also simply cannot afford to get into a legal fight with him or deal with a lien waiver. On principle, it feels wrong to cave to his demands (especially given his tone and previous conduct), but we also do not know if it is worth the fight. I have multiple debilitating health issues, am recovering from cancer and we are trying to finish building a home with my husband doing most of the remainder of the work himself. We have a lot of other things to be doing with our time, energy and money. So, we are trying to determine if there is any wisdom in pushing back and saying we are not obligated to pay for any costs above what we agreed to at the $13,752 balance due. So I suppose to make a better decision, we would like to know: Without an explicit contract, are we legally obligated to pay for anything a tradesman brings to us after the fact that he did not disclose and get approval for in advance? I have not been able to find a license number for him. Are stonemasons in Idaho licensed? If not and he does not have a license, can he file a mechanic's lien? We are trusting souls who clearly made a bad decision. We just want to be treated fairly and find peace with all of this. Thank you for any help or guidance you can provide. Gratefully, Kathy...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentMay 20, 2021
IdahoMechanics Lien
I PAID A GENERAL CONTRACTOR FOR A PAINT JOB (LICENSED/REGISTERED) IN IDAHO. HE HIRED A SUB-CONTRACTOR, UNLICENSED...NO PAPERWORK. THE JOB SHOULD HAVE LASTED 3 WEEKS, INSTEAD 3 MONTHS. I BABYSAT THE JOB WHICH WAS FRUSTRATING, THE GENERAL SHOULD HAVE FIRED, WHICH I RECOMMENDED. GENERAL IS ON OTHER PROJECTS. I HAVE A PAPER TRAIL, GENERAL PAID IN FULL. THE GENERAL WAS IRKED AT SOME OF THE WORK BY THE PAINTER AND NEVER PAID HIM. I HAVE A BUYER FOR THE HOUSE, IT HAS A LIEN FROM THE PAINTER (UNOFFICIAL DOCUMENT). CLOSING IS JUNE 10, LIEN EXPIRES JUNE 20. LIEN WAS TEXTED TO ME ON DECEMBER 20 FROM PAINTER...I COMPLAINED TO GENERAL HE SAID LIEN NOT VALID AS IS AN UNOFFICIAL DOCUMENT NOT A JUDGMENT AND PAINTER HAS NO LICENSE OR PAPER TRAIL. MY QUESTION IS CAN THE PAINTER RENEW HIS LIEN ON MY HOUSE? THE GENERAL AND PAINTER WERE SCHEDULED FOR SMALL CLAIMS COURT A COUPLE OF TIMES. ALL COURT DATES HAVE NOW BEEN PUSHED TO AUGUST BECAUSE OF COVID19. I'VE BEEN BACK AND FORTH WITH GENERAL, WE ARE PLEASANT (THEY THINK LIEN NOT VALID). IT IS VERY SERIOUS WITH THE TITLE COMPANY INVOLVED. IT WAS MENTIONED I COULD PAY THE $4300 AND TAKE THE GENERAL TO COURT. SO, AGAIN WILL THE PAINTER BE ABLE TO RENEW THE LIEN ON OR BEFORE JUNE 20TH?...THANK YOU! ...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
2 answersAdd commentMay 19, 2020
IdahoLien DeadlinesRight to Lien
I'm a subcontractor, I completed all the flatwork for a new construction home. I have done multiple projects for the General over the last 3 years without any problems. This project they took my invoice and modified it, claiming they don't pay for incidentals, or materials used on their projects other than the labor to complete the project. I use the same template for every invoice and list the same line items on every invoice, which they have paid every time until now. They actually paid a portion of this invoice immediately upon receipt, but They are attempting to reduce the final invoice from over $6K to just over $1K. In correspondence they admitted that the bank and their customer both approved my invoice payment, yet they are refusing to pay. The job is also 3 hours from me, so I have a substantial amount of time, fuel, per diem, travel costs, labor, and out of pocket materials tied up into this project. What do I need to do?...Read More
Porter Ericsson
1 answerAdd commentJul 30, 2022
IdahoConstruction AccountingConstruction ContractLien on FundsMechanics LienNotice of CompletionPrompt PaymentRight to LienSlow Payment
About to embark on a design and build house. Time and materials. I know nothing about keeping control of the purse without looking like a penny pinching miser. Can you guide me?...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentJun 15, 2021
IdahoConstruction Contract
I had signed a contract with my uncle pertaining to a campsite restroom my company was hired to build. we were responsible for all phases of the structure. after grading, forming and pouring the structures footings and concrete slab, i realized i under bid this job by alot of money. I am a newer contractor and had a few older contracting buddies come and give me advice on what i should do moving forward with the project. all of the contractors who had came and looked at the job advised me that i should writte a new proposal asking for more money to work with, as the footings and slammed eat up most of the down payment. one contractor even told my uncle that i had slit my own throat on this job and to work with me as i am family, well he did not listen and when i asked him for a bigger deposit he refused and fired my company (which he had hired a bigger contractor who charged him double my price. when he asked for money back i told him that i would be happy to finish the project but he would not be getting 30,000 back as i only had 20,000 in a deposit. since, he has hired a lawyer to try and get money that is not there. the lawyer advised me today they will settle for 25k i do not want to pay him anything as him and i both know i underbid that project. he told my aunt that this is a learning curve for me that is why he is suing me! Really? grow up right, anyways they had sent A FINAL LETTTER just now advising me this is the last opportunity to pay the 25k or they will move forward with suing me. can you give me advice or lead me in the right direction? ...Read More
Anonymous General Contractor
1 answerAdd commentApr 13, 2022
IdahoLawsuit
I am a general contractor who at one point used a company who sent us referrals. We cut ties with that company because they refused to enter into a contract with us (so there is no contract), they used stock photos instead of actual work, and they misrepresented services that we could do. They never did any actual labor and again, there was never a contract in place. Most recently, they referred us to a job and when we got there, we realized what the promised could not be done. We declined the job. The homeowner then changed what they wanted and worked directly with us. The referral company is now demanding payment, and threatening to file a construction lien. Does a "consulting" or "estimating" firm have rights to do this ? Again, they have never performed any labor or provided material....Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentJul 12, 2022
IdahoLawsuit
We recently completed work on a project and the GC has gone out of business at the end of the project. we have been in contact with the developer of the property and have now invoiced them directly for the remaining balance. Do we need to change anything in our lien filing to reflect this change?...Read More
Dave Lawes
1 answerAdd commentDec 23, 2020
IdahoMechanics Lien
We completed work January 31, 2022; sent an invoice on 2/17/22. This was for a job in Chowchilla, CA for Henry F Teichmann. Levelset filed a notice of intent to lien on May 2,2022. Now Levelset says that the deadline for filing a lien was May 1....Read More
Anonymous General Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentMay 9, 2022
Idaho
Hello I am curious. Does my notice to lien have to be delivered within five days or only sent within 5 days?...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentOct 10, 2019
IdahoMechanics Lien
I started working on a job last month and have not been able to cover my payroll i am $90,000.00 out of pocket. Contract is for $371,848.00 and i am already $155,578.75 in invoices plus $90,000.00 out of pocket all the time i invoice they make lower my invoice amount. I dont cover my labor i am hurting so bad on paying my labor and scared if i walk off the job i will get sued. I feel like i have been taken advantage of. They knew i had manpower for the job but yet not the cash they always tell next invoice you can invoice more and they slice it in half like a tomato. What can i do?...Read More
Anonymous Subcontractor
2 answersAdd commentApr 29, 2020
IdahoCash Flow
We got a contract with a construction company that just wants us to pressure wash their cement and wondered if we had to have a Idaho’s contractors license to be able to do that?...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentMar 17, 2022
IdahoLicenses