McKinleyville, CA asked in Construction Law and Small Claims for California

Q: During a landscape project the home owner fired me. Are they legally required to pay for materials used so far?

This customer was a problem from the very start. Comparing my methods and approach to youtube videos and telling me I wasn't doing the installation correctly. From then on he constantly complained about every single little step of the project. Eventually Myself and my crew needed a break from him as moral was sinking faster than the Titanic, so we took a break from the job for a few days. This upset him even more and he fired me and is now refusing to pay for almost 3k worth of material already installed at her home.

1 Lawyer Answer
Adam Stoddard
Adam Stoddard
  • Construction Law Lawyer
  • Santa Clara, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Did you have a contract with the homeowner? You are entitled to be paid for the work performed and materials delivered to the project. Given that you are only out about $3K, this would be a small claims matter.

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