Dear California Homeowner: If your contractor is licensed in the state of California, then you have three steps to take, in my opinion: (1) send a "legal demand letter" to the Contractor demanding they pay the supplier and any other suppliers/subs owed money within the next 72 hours (copy the...Read more »
A licensed contractor sent unlicensed tile installers, (1099 employees, not W-2 employees), to install our kitchen floor. The job was $1,500 plus materials. He claims that since they were "employees," and covered under their workmans comp, they did not need to be licensed. Is this true?
Homeowner With Question On Licensure: Your thinking about licensed subcontractors is mostly correct (nicely done !). A contractor or subcontractor may perform ANY TYPE OF WORK without a license so long as the whole of the work is LESS THAN $500.00 (the "PennySaver" advertisement type of...Read more »
Our original move in date was July 15, then August 15, August 25, now October 1st. He didn’t even start the foundation clearing until August 25th, it’s not been touched since then. The house is complete (modular) and off site, waiting on the site to be complete.
Dear Delayed Home Builder: Your question speaks of the phenomenon happening in CO (and other states) whereby the construction industry is "spread thin". I don't mention this to rebuke or to offer excuses for the Contractor, but delayed projects are a sig of the times. You have a contract with a...Read more »
Dear Colorado Offerer: The question you pose has a direct and straightforward reply based in contract law. An offer to purchase (your offer at full list price) is only an OFFER. Meaning, an offer invites acceptance but does not create a contract. The Seller's choices in reply to your offer...Read more »
12 HI contracts with 1 GC 10 paid in full due to how progress payments worded Only 3 HIC completed 65% work don 85% of total balance paid Arranging financing for 1/2 of 15% left but now have preliminary lien notice from subcontractor & want to hold back 10% of total balance until resolved & all... Read more »
Dear Owner Requesting Advice on Retention Payment issue: While I am adept at advising owners in a construction setting, your question as stated is probably not capable of reply in this limited forum until more information is obtained. Critically, an attorney would definitely need to review the...Read more »
I went to home depot to have a new door installed. I talked to an employee. They took down my info and said contractors would contact me. One of their contractors started the door install. We started talking about a remodel of bath and kitchen. He started the next day. NOW HE DID THE DEMOLITION... Read more »
The matter concerns a surety bond. I want to join the surety as an additional defendant, as well as the principal on the bond. The original defendants have not been served because we cannot locate them.
Dear Plaintiff Needing to Amend Complaint: If there is no named defendant whom has filed an Answer to Complaint (which seems likely from my reading of your description) then you are allowed by the Code of Civil Procedure to file a "First Amended Complaint", and the court will accept the filing...Read more »
Our neighbor has planted trees and bushes directly over our sewer lateral, which crosses his property on an easement. The easement agreement says, "the covenants and agrees (i) not to construct, install or maintain any structures or fixed improvements within, over or upon any portion of the... Read more »
Dear Easement Grantee: On the face of it, your description of the activities by the servient property owner seems to be a violation of the Easement Agreement, to wit: "not to plant, install, or maintain any trees, bushes . . . over or upon any portion of the . . . Area". Easement areas are...Read more »
Sales Contract (Residential): I am equipped to assist, and happy to help. Would be best if you sent along the proposed/pending Contract via email, and I'll supply you with a responsive email identifying the Fixed Fee to perform review, analysis, and advice. Thanks. jamesgreer@CalCoLaw.com...Read more »
I have an existing business that is an LLC and we are moving to a new location for our business. In the new lease it calls out in our addendum for both LLC members to give a Personal Guarantee, does this negate the personal property protection that our current business LLC gives us? Should we seek... Read more »
Dear LLC Lessee: It is standard practice for a Lessor to require a Personal Guarantee ("P.G.") from the Members of an LLC. The reasoning from a Lessor's standpoint includes the primary concern that an entity (an LLC, for example) can breach a Lease by simply winding down and dissolving, thereby...Read more »
The trust demanded a promissory note and deed be signed after the purchase of the home. They said to ignore the promissory note and not to worry about the details of the deed (which incorporated the note and referenced it)! We declined / refused as the details were not anything discussed, nor... Read more »
Dear Trust Borrower For Purchase of Real Estate: While I don't have the full understanding of you/Borrower understanding of the loan and the details therein, I have to offer this generalized advice: it is "usual" that a Lender of money for purchase of real property would want to be "secured" in...Read more »
How to we have lien removed? It appears that only contractors, etc are able to use mechanics' liens (which this is not) and any other valid liens must be ordered/approved by the court prior to being filed (this is not the case here either).
Dear Liened Property Owner: In order for a lien to be "properly" recorded onto the title of your property it must either have been: (1) from a supplier of construction labor, services, materials; (2) a judgment creditor; or (3) a lender. The lien itself will describe the claimant (names and...Read more »
The pipes were drained after the inspection to keep from freezing. However, the listing agent turned the water back on before closing. If the pipes freeze and burst before we close, who is responsible for the cost of fixing that?
Dear Frozen Pipes Seller: the rule of law in Colorado Real estate sales contract is that the SELLER (and the Seller's insurance carrier) is responsible for all property damages occurring at the subject property until the moment of "closing" (or, the moment the title is transferred to Buyer).
We are six months into a two-year lease. Found out tenant has her daughter living there. No notice given. Lease states occupancy "...no more than two adults without prior written permission from Lessor." Technically is my tenant in breach of the lease?
Dear Landlord With Potential Breaching Tenant: An occupancy limit can be a valid condition to a Lease Agreement and if your current tenant has concealed the fact that they exceeded the occupancy then they are technically in Breach of Lease (more than two tenants, including one minor). Of...Read more »
Dear Girlfriend Needs Clear Title: Your options are to achieve ex-boyfriend's voluntary transfer, or else you'll be forced to file an action in District Court. If through voluntary means: present a recordable Quitclaim Deed for him to sign before a Notary and then record the Quitclaim and a...Read more »
There is an old post fence that I would like to replace with a privacy fence between my backyard and a portion of my neighbors front yard. It would be a property line fence. Does Colorado Title 35 article 46 section 112 require my neighbor to share in the cost burden of such a project? Or would... Read more »
Dear Fence Line Property owner: The section you cite is pertinent to "agricultural or grazing lands". While you didn't make a distinction in your question, the legal authority supports your desires only if you are speaking about agricultural land. Here is the citation:
Dear Prospective Land Purchaser: I can almost always offer an educated opinion even if I have to impute some information in order to supply a response to our fine Justica clientele. This one - it has too many complex nuances for any attorney to SAFELY supply a response. I'll offer this: the...Read more »
Dear Mechanic’s Lien Defendant: in reply to inquiring about the type of attorney, you should employ an attorney whom has experience in your local jurisdiction in construction litigation, more specifically one whom understands the nuances of filing a “Petition For Release Of Mechanic’s...Read more »
I just built a modular home on my property. I want to know if I should hold out on final payment until all "issues" are satisfied i.e. things that don't work not finished to my approval etc. They expect full payment upon my moving in but what leverage do I have to get things done?
Newly Constructed Homeowner: The answers to your questions, for the most part, will depend on the contents of your Construction Contract with the contractor/installer. Your questions about "disputing the costs of tradespersons / materials" imply that you did not have a Fixed Fee contract but...Read more »
It was dropped off on 4/8 and trackinf shows it cashed 4/10. He did not contact us until 4/15 to claim he did not get it. He is demanding a late fee and a double payment on the next due date. He also is requesting we revise our original agreement. He has not specified the changes he wants. We've... Read more »
Dear Potential Eviction Client: While I endorse the efforts you are making to show the Owner that the Owner endorsed the payment, in the meantime if you are able to afford it I would strongly recommend you go ahead and expedite making the payment that is being demanded (a second time, in your...Read more »
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