Houston, TX asked in Construction Law for Texas

Q: what can i do about a guy that is threatening to put a lien on me, but he has not finished the job?

a 3-5 day job has turned into 7 weeks, way over materials budget. I had to provide transportation everyday for him. somedays he did not show up, some days he showed up but did no work. I have cameras in my yard. I have a crappy shell of a shed and no money to finish the shed and he is now threatening me with a lien. he claims i owe him $125 of which i will pay. I am afraid of physical retaliation from this man.

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John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Construction Law Lawyer
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: There are some very specific requirements before a contractor can put a lien against your homestead. So, if this is your homestead, I doubt he can put a lien against your property.

On the other hand, a shed is most likely a removable. A contractor can use self-help to repossess a removable the contractor has installed if you don’t pay him.

This is why you should always deal with professional contractors, not some shady guy without transportation

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