Asked in Construction Law for Ohio

Q: Can I pay the contractor only what’s owed according to work done? Contractor demanding money for work not done.

I have a scope of work from my homeowners insurance. There are things that the contractor did not do. I have highlighted and given the detailed scope to him and he’s stating I owe more than what was done. There was also damage to property that he’s claiming we did/manipulated in order to cause problems. (He himself never even came out to property to oversee/check work done).

I’ve contacted my insurance company and my insurance agent- both are having me address the issue.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Construction Law Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: If you don't pay, the contractor could sue you, or instead, choose to record a mechanic's lien against your home. The lien automatically expires after 6 years if no action is taken on it. Try to work it out with your insurance and the contractor, but if contractor files a lien or lawsuit, then use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local construction litigation attorney to review the contract and advise you of your options.

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