Berkeley, CA asked in Real Estate Law for California

Q: exclusive listing agreement will expire

Agent contracted with handyman to remodel my house ($20,600 worth for 13 projects), to be repaid at escrow . He’s so far behind from working multiple contracts (he only shows up few hours a week ) that he will miss next week ‘s contract deadline. but agent refused to fire him, because she already paid some deposit. What happens if exclusive listing agreement expires and he still doesn’t finish the contract. He’s only finished 1 of 13 projects. Four concerns:

1Do I have to relist with agent if he’s still no where finished?

2Am I responsible for any money’s she paid him if he breached contract?

(Contract said he would work full time and finish contract next week.)

4 am I responsible for the 5k of work he did complete

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1 Lawyer Answer
George W. Wolff
George W. Wolff
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Its illegal to hire and use an unlicensed contractor and you don't have to pay him for work that required a license.

Whether you owe agent any money will depend on your written or oral agreement or understanding.

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