Q: Can the city decided to cancel the contract and do the demolition themselves.?
I have a contract with the city parks and recreation to tare down 2 horse barns, for the lumber. No cost to the city. I still have to pay my employees. No finish/completion date was set in the contract. Can the park superintendent decide to have city employees take the barns down an cancel the contract?
A: An Indiana attorney could answer best, but you await an answer for four weeks. It could depend on the terms of the contract, particularly if it contained any provisions for cancellation. One option might be to review the contract with an Indiana attorney. COVID-related defenses have been used in contracts in general across the nation in recent months. Is the city using any issues related to COVID, such as the fact that if the structures housed animals, their lumber needs to be disposed of instead of being given to you as the contractual consideration for your services? Maybe a brief consult to review the contract with a local attorney could help you assess the situation more meaningfully. Good luck
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