Q: I hired a contractor to remodel a basement apartment. He left my home in a dangerous shambles, can I sue?
Hired a contractor to do remodeling of apartment. He left my home in a dangerous shambles, with live electrical wires uncapped in the ceiling, panels falling off walls, electrical outlet uncovered, gaspipe extended using water sealant to seal space between pipes. He used unlicensed people for electrical, gas and plumbing work. Brought people with criminal records into my home and left my home in unlivable condition. Had to hire another contractor and it cost almost twice as much to rectify everything he did. Got him from Home Advisor who have washed their hands of it because he won't respond to their calls. He admitted wrongdoing and promised to return our money but he hasn't and now he won't return our calls. What can we do? Please help!
A: If you can locate him and/or his company, you should definitely sue for breach of contract and replacement damage.
You should also report to your local BBB so that others don't suffer the same fate.
A: Yes you can sue. As it is an NYC issue, you can also file a complaint with the Department of Consumer Affairs. There is a form online for contractor complaints.
A: Was he licensed? You can report him to the licensing board, and you can sue for damages. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
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