Price, UT asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Utah

Q: what can a contractor do if I don't pay him his final payment due to not completely work in timely manner

We hired a contractor in May to build us a cabin. It is still not complete. There was no signed contract and he has taken his family and his four wheelers to our property every weekend and trashing it with barely no work done. What can he do if we fire him and don't pay him the final payment?

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Brian K Jackson
Brian K Jackson
  • Bountiful, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: It depends on how close he is to be done with the cabin and what the timeline was for it to be finished if there was one, how much you have paid so far and how much you still owe. He can still have a claim for all the work he rendered under the doctrine of unjust enrichment even if there isn't a contract in existence or if it falls under the statute of frauds.

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