Q: What do i do if I gave a contractor a deposit and he does not do the work or return calls etc?
I signed a contract and I paid a deposit on May 1st. I was verbally told the work would be done by the end of May. I have not heard back from the contractor since (it is now mid June). I have called multiple times and get no response. I fear the contractor is not planning on doing the work and is hoping to take my deposit and run.
A: You need to hire an attorney with experience in civil litigation and contract law to "light a fire under the contractor" with a demand letter and some phone calls. At worst, you will need the attorney to file a claim against the contractor as well. This is something my office handles regularly. Depending on the amount of deposit, you may wish to file in small claims yourself. You can claim up to five thousand dollars. If you would like more assistance or advice, please feel to contact me. 203.870.6700
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