King George, VA asked in Consumer Law for Maryland

Q: Do I have to pay this?

Got HVAC install. Tech give me work order showing zero owned and wouldn't take check. He stressed "You don't own anything" and also give me a copy of the work order showing a zero balance. They emailed me today from a donotreply email to pay 2 wks later.

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: (1) Did you receive something of value?

(2) Is the price one that you agreed to pay or reasonably within the dollar amount you expected to pay?

(3) If your answers to the above questions are both "yes", then you owe the money. The law will not allow you to keep a benefit bestowed upon you without payment. It does not matter that they mistakenly told you that you had a zero balance.

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