Northbrook, IL asked in Construction Law and Contracts for Illinois

Q: Can I terminate a contract with a General Contractor who appears to be inflating costs and being unethical?

General Contractor is inflating work costs to unreasonable and excessive levels and in many instances, not even showing me costs until that work is done. They are also taking an unreasonably long time to complete the project and very slow to communicate while not being transparent during the process. Their workmanship has also been questionable.

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Robert Shipley
Robert Shipley
  • Construction Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: The contract must be reviewed to determine provisions regarding scope of work, time to complete, payment schedule and termination provisions. If work is not being performed correctly or perhaps to code, you will need to have another contractor(s) in the appropriate discipline, inspect your property and provide their assessment as to the necessary scope of work, cost and whether any of that work represents correction of the original contractor's work. Based on your comments, I would recommend you consult with an attorney to review the details.

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