Pittsburgh, PA asked in Construction Law for Ohio

Q: A customer requested an estimate for home repairs, they agreed to the contract, but cancelled 4 days before start date

The estimate is a detailed document sent to the customer via email or text. It states that it is used as the contract and that it follows general contracting conditions regarding payments. The customer agreed to the price and the start date and cancelled on me 4 days before the start date/ 8 days after the submission because a buddy has a truck broke down and hasn't worked for a week. What are my right in this situation?

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Nicholas P. Weiss
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  • Construction Law Lawyer
  • Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: If there was no actual start and no costs incurred by the contractor, then no one has any rights. Everyone can terminate the contract without penalty. The only exceptions would be if 1) there was anything in the contract granting profit under the contract or 2) the contractor incurred any initial costs in beginning the contract in reliance on the contract. Otherwise everyone should just get a new contractor.

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