Lyndhurst, NJ asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for New Jersey

Q: Home contractor installed sump pumps stopped working after 4 months and he stopped responding to calls/emails/texts

We had a contractor help install sump pumps to divert rain water to the sidewalk to prevent potential house flooding a few months ago. In the contract, he mentioned the sump pump would be covered with a 10 year warranty. When the sump pumps stopped working a few months after the install, we reached out to the contractor. He came for a visit and mentioned items that should be fixed (e.g. the motors for a sump pump looks bad, forgot to install a vent pipe, etc.) and would come back the next day to fix it. However, it has been at least a month and he still hasn't come to fix it. We've followed up once/twice a week but haven't been successful (no response or responds that he is busy). Another thing that has me worried (that I later learned) was the contractor did not provide a contractor license number, did not secure any permits/inspections for the installations, and I did not find his info on the NJ license lookup site. Any suggestions on what I can do to fix/resolve this?

1 Lawyer Answer
Marcel Wurms
Marcel Wurms
  • Lodi, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Hire an attorney to find the contractor, and then you can bring suit. Under the NJ Consumer Fraud law, you are likely entitled to treble damages and attorney fees.

Good luck.

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