How long does a contractor have to file a lawsuit for non payment in RI ? We hired a contractor and in my view there was a breach of contract on his part. He didn't finish the job and we didn't pay the last two installments since he didn't finish. (We had already paid him about 3/4 of the total amount owed.) He thinks we owe him the money since he had his lawyer write a letter saying that we owed him the total amount. We responded to the lawyer and haven't heard from neither of them since. We would like to hire someone else to finish the job. So we are wondering if one option is to wait it out until he cannot file a civil lawsuit and what the statute of limitations are. We obviously don't want to run the risk of being sued and not being able to prove that the contractor didn't finish. ...Read More
Hi we filed a lein on here. They contacted a lawyer and wanted to pay us only $3000 we declined sinces their payment was alittle over $7000. Now their lawyer says they will pay the full amount but just so lein can be removed since their project stopped. But they want to come after my company for ober $10000 from work being done wrong or property damage. We have pictures of all our work all work was done right and no property damage. Im unsure what our next step should be....Read More
I have employed a contractor and I'd give him $20,000 and he has not gotten a permit or done any of the things properly that he should have done. Do I send him a termination letter first or do I let him know I'm terminating him first and filing a complaint...Read More
I had a tree fall on my house last August. Contacted many companies because it needed a crane I was told. One company came out and said they were unsure if they could do it and didn’t quote any pricing because of that and no agreement was written or made. The company came out next day while I wasn’t home and set up the crane in my driveway and overlapped into my neighbors driveway causing damage. The crane operator then proceeded to get into a verbal argument with my neighbor resulting in the police being called and the crane and company being removed. No contact was made to me to inform me of any of this I found out after from my neighbor. Then a second crane comes later that day and says they will try from the road but due to the front trees and wires still weren’t sure if the job could be done. I come home from work and the tree is partially cut and removed from the house and all the debris is on my sidewalk and no company is to be found. Still no agreement, no quote no nothing. So I call and no return messages. In October I receive a bill for 3000.00 to which I call and no one returns my call. I call my insurance and I’m asked if I could submit the bill along with any quote/agreement invoices. I explain none were ever made but I submit the bill. I hear nothing for months... then yesterday a man rings my doorbell at 7:30 in the morning harassing my husband saying we owe them money and need to pay. I immediately call the tree company and explain and I’m told one of the owners would call me back... now today a woman calls me cussing and accusing me of having money or checks and “spending it all” and now don’t have the money to pay them. I reply with I’ve never received a dime from anyone for the work done and I also explained the lack of original agreement or price point to which I’m told they didn’t need to provide anything because after a storm it’s considered “emergency work” so they can charge whatever they choose. She also proceeded to tell me that she would be sending all this to her lawyer and have a lien put on my house... what the heck?!?! I’ve never had anything like this happen before and I’ve called my insurance company and I’ve obtained the police report from the crane incident but otherwise i don’t know what to do. Is this even legal? ...Read More
I have had work done by a landscaper to cut trees chip the brush and remove the wood. The landscaper subcontracted the tree cutting work and I paid the landscaper a portion of the total cost so he could pay the subcontractor. The remainder of the balance was $1, 000 to be held back until the landscaper removed the wood and finished clearing the brush and chipping it. It's been over a month and he still hasn't completed the work. We have been texting back and forth and I've left phone messages and he still hasn't completed the work. He said he was going to show up yesterday and complete the job and he never showed up. So I told him that's it I'll get someone else to do the work and then I'm not paying him. He now says he's going to put a mechanic's lien against my property. Can he do that and does he have a case. We never signed a contract for the work however we do have an email stating what he would do and what he would charge. Am I in the right to not pay him the remainder?...Read More
I am a new RI contractor starting and took on a very small patio and fire pit. I was almost completed when I had an unexpected family emergency that would interfere with the completion for several weeks. My girlfriend who assists me,offered for me to complete the job in the next few weeks or obtain another contractor she could assist and complete the job herself. I should also note this is documented via text. It was also documented that I would be responsible out of pocket to pay roughly $2-300 for a laborer to help finish. The job only needed one full day or a day and one half at best weather and heat permitting. The customer had not specific date, but would like to enjoy her space during part of the summer- fall. My gf interviewed one contractor who met her at the project but miss read his text and thought he was going to bid out the job. That bid was around 3k, $1800 more than she was going to pay. She thought that was an outrageous cost considering she owed us roughly $1500. My assistant discussed with her that she would connect with another contractor we work with to see if we could schedule it to be completed in a timely fashion. The customer decided to connected with the individual that my assistant interviewed at the job site had him complete basically the same job I had started but with the expectation that I pay $1000 towards her extra cost to have it done that weekend I was detained on top of holding all of my tools until I do so.
I was paid $500, $120, $120, $300. ( $1040 ) Out of that I paid cash $426.20 for materials leaving about $613 that was paid for my labor for half of the project. Is it legal for her to hold my tools until I pay her $1000. As a result I almost defaulted on my car payments. I left my job pre covid to start my business and have been unable to collect unemployment as a result and even though this is not a high paying job it made a financial impact on my family who had to go with out. With out my tools I can not work. We attempted to resolve the work in a professional manner and they chose to not follow through and expect us to pay. ...Read More