Q: I had a fire back on September 11. Got a contractor to do the work. The problem is that they never took the permits.
I have a stop work order from the township because the of no permits and since is a 3 family home we need the plans to be draw from a professional architect. I want to get out if the contract and find someone else to do the work. But because the contractor has out we have a contract we need to continue with the current work.
A: You will need to do what is necessary to obtain a building permit. You may an opportunity to file suit against the first contractor under the for violation of the Consumer Protection Law for home improvements. Speak to an attorney.
Generally speaking, when you contract with a contractor to perform a repair on your home or other building, they agree to perform the work in a workmanlike fashion. Part of that is getting the necessary permits and plans. It appears your contractor isn't bothering.
I would write him and find out what is going to do to get the project back on track. He may be in breach right now, but I would need to see the contract to find out exactly what he promised.
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