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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Consumer Law and Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: can I sue a prebuilt shed company?

I bought a brand new 10x12 prebuilt shed delivered to my property that leaked from day one. After a few half hearted attempts to fix it among several non returned calls and no shows the owner of the company said he would take it back and refund my money. That was 2 months ago every time I call him... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 17, 2019

First check the terms of the agreement. It could possibly contain provisions that include arbitration as a forum for handling disputes.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Construction Law, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: are electricity bill is $629.00 and our house is still freezing and the land Lord is a jerk no ceiling in the bathroom

and you can see light through the roof do we have any options my husband is on ssd

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Jan 14, 2019

You are likely entitled to a remedy, but the best course of action is dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the location of the apartment, and whether or not it is subject to the RLTO.

In any event, I recommend organizing everything in your possession relevant to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: What legal rights do we have against a Contractor?

We hired a contractor almost 2 years ago to do work within our home, they did the work and within 3 months the same issues came back. We’ve reached out and they do patches, we’ve requested a refund and they said they’d send someone out to do the work. They’re no longer responding to our... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Jan 7, 2019

Your legal rights are dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the precise terms of the contract and the nature of the issues you are having with your home. That being the case, I recommend you organize everything in your possession related to this matter, including the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: Is an owner allowed to sue me, if the contractor skipped out on the job? I'm just a sub-contractor.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 16, 2018

I do not practice in Illinois, but your question hasn't been picked up in four weeks. It could depend on the way in which the contract was drafted.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: What's unique about a construction mortgage?
Frederick A. Lurie
Frederick A. Lurie answered on Oct 31, 2018

Construction loans are designed to be short term, only for the duration of the construction project. The loan funds are usually disbursed in installments as the project progresses. There is typically a construction escrow set up at a title company which disburses the funds to contractors and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: Who's liable for a construction site injury if the injured person wasn't wearing a hard hat or proper footwear?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 17, 2018

I do not practice in Illinois, but your question hasn’t been picked up in four weeks. Based on the limited facts here, an attorney would have more questions. Here are just a few: In what capacity was the person on the site? What was she or he doing that resulted in the injury? What actions, if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: A contractor took my deposit over 10k and never performed work, will not provide refund, said he no longer wants to talk

The contractor verbally promised a 10% discount and build date within 60-90 days if I signed a contract and provided down payment that day. I agreed and signed a contract. The contract did not list the build date. After multiple calls and text messages over the course of 8 months (the contractor... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Sep 20, 2018

You have a couple of options, but the best option is dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the terms of the contract, and details about the contractor's company. That being the case, I recommend you organize everything in your possession regarding this message, including... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: Are there any lawyers near Westchester, IL who deal with the Home "Wreckers" Law?

My wife has been having an extramarital affair with a coworker turned friend who is a lesbian for over a year I just found out. The individual had a partner whom works with them. She is still friends with the individual, but has returned to her husband. Meanwhile, this lesbian friend set her sites... Read more »

Jeremy Wang
Jeremy Wang answered on Sep 1, 2018

There are plenty of family law attorneys you can contact in your area.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: What action can I take against a general contractor who did not get the permits he promised me for our home remodel?
Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Aug 20, 2018

Your options are dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the terms of the contract with your GC and the representations your GC made regarding obtaining the requisite permits. That being the case, I recommend organizing everything in your possession regarding this matter,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: If my contractor sues a sub-contractor do I have to be involved in any way?
Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Mar 11, 2018

It depends on specific facts that are not provided here. Assuming you are a homeowner who hired the contractor suing the subcontractor, you will more than likely be called as a witness for depositions and/or trial.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: Are construction contracts regulated?
Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Feb 23, 2018

Yes, they are, but the specific requirements depend on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the location and nature of the work being performed. That being the case, I recommend organizing the contract and anything else you believe is relevant to this matter, and consulting with an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: Need assistance with a bad roofing company

Had a new roof installed last October, since January, we have had to place numerous bowls around the house due to leaking. The roofing company has come out several times with no satisfying results for the problem, We have provided him with video and photos of the leaking and his last response via... Read more »

David Arena
David Arena answered on Nov 14, 2017

The contractor has a responsibility to correct any defects in the instillation. If you provide the contractor with notice and a commercially reasonable time to cure and the contractor fails to do so, you can have the work done by a different contractor. You then have a claim against the original... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: Can my contractor bill me for significantly more than his original estimate? He was way off!
Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Sep 7, 2017

The answer to your question depends on a number of factors that are not provided here, such as the terms of your contract, the location of the work, and the type of work performed. If the bill is significantly higher than the initial quote, it is likely in your best interest to consult with an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Land Use & Zoning for Illinois on
Q: We own a house and the water company digged up our driveway without warning, we can't even park in it. what can we do?

Our house is older on a main street in town. The person called and asked if they can come in and track a water line we said sure they drilled small hole and filled, but today they came out after me and wife left for work no warning and completely tore up 3/4 of our driveway as well as messed up... Read more »

Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry answered on Aug 16, 2017

Usually the cities provide the water.

Is it a private water company.

There are rules as to what can be done if the water lines have a problem.

If it is the city, check with them as to what they plan to do.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: Should I be concerned if a lien is filed against my property?
Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Aug 8, 2017

Yes, if you ever intend on selling the property. I would recommend consulting with an attorney familiar with liens to evaluate the lien, as it may have been filed improperly and thus invalid.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: Contractor quotes $2,500 verbal, hits gas line, job still not done 3 mo. Later sends me bill, for 4,066. How to dispute

Gas still is off, yard was dug up for months, itemized bill was 2,666 in labor alone and the day they came out for the initial quote was 337.00 dollars. Hours are wrong for labor, electricians did not call before they dug and hit line, they have electricians doing labor work and charging me 112.00... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Jul 27, 2017

I would recommend organizing all information that is relevant to this situation, including pictures and communications with the contractor, and consulting with an attorney individually. A knowledgeable attorney will review the details surrounding this situation, and will advise you as to your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: Do contractors need special licenses to build on commercial property or is it the same for both commercial and

residential?

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Jun 7, 2017

It is possible a contractor will need special licenses and/or permits for work on a commercial property, but it depends on a variety of factors, such as the nature and location of the work.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: I live in a sub-division in a condo with HOAs. Do they have a right to reject my chosen contractor, even if he's willing

to build within their specs and requirements?

Drew Ball
Drew Ball answered on May 16, 2017

You would need to review your HOA' Decs. and Bylaws to determine whether or not their conduct is appropriate.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: The contractor who constructed my deck seems to have used faulty material. Can I sue them, or do I have to sue the

company that sold the material to them?

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on May 1, 2017

You can certainly sue both of them, but your chances of winning and recovering is a different story. I would recommend organizing all information related to this situation, and consulting with an attorney individually. Your chances of prevailing and recovering in a lawsuit will be substantially... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: Can i break a contract with a contractor after he has done something illegal?
Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Apr 3, 2017

It is possible, but an attorney would need more information in order to provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of your situation, as it depends on the specific illegal act that was performed by the contractor. I would recommend organizing all information relevant to this situation, and... Read more »

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