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Q: Does it matter if an item to be completed in a building contract appears in top itemized section or under payments?

My GC is claiming items (specifically exterior doors) are not covered in the contract because their installation is referred to under the payment section (ie payment #4 of X dollars required when doors in existing house are installed), rather than in the top section of contract listing type of... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Feb 19, 2020

Based on the information provided, installation of doors is included in the contract. If he doesn't install the doors, then he wouldn't be entitled to the payment that is contingent upon that work being performed.

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Q: Can I sue my GC for damages?

I hired a GC in August (with a written contract) that had an estimated timeline of 6 weeks to completion. It went well in the beginning, but he began to demand advances, which we naively provided via credit card. He continued to demand advances, threatening to walk if we didn't pay, while showing... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Feb 19, 2020

Yes, your damages are any monies paid to the contractor for work not performed. Also, the difference between the costs you were paying this contractor and the costs to fix and/or replace.

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Q: Who pays for repairs for something not up to NC Code?

In building our home, we asked for some enhancements that our contractor turned down because they wouldn't pass NC Code. One enhancement we asked and paid for, he did build. He built this without telling us it wasn't up to NC Code. Who is responsible for the repair to bring the item up to code?

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Jan 27, 2020

The contractor is responsible for any work performed by them and is also responsible for constructing in a manner that is in compliance with the North Carolina Building Code.

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Q: We were hired at closing to repair a shower pan put up insulation and a moisture barrier homeowner will not pay a penny

For work completed she claims it’s not right however we have tried to make things right and make her happy she won’t let us on property she says we needed a license and permits which is false what grounds do we have to get paid for work completed

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Jan 3, 2020

Depending on how much you are owed, you could pursue the matter in small claims court. The maximum allowed is $10,000. Also, contractors that have provided materials and labor to property may have lien rights against the real property.

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Q: Do electrical and pluming subcontractors working under a general contractor require to be licensed?

As I understand it, general contractors in NC are not required to be licensed for construction contracts under $30,000. Does that apply for any subcontractors the general contractor may hire to complete the overall construction contract / project?

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Dec 30, 2019

Any subcontractors hired by the general contractor should be performing work included in the scope of the general contractor's contract. Thus, the general contractor's contract would have to exceed $30,000 if the sub's contract exceeds $30,000.00. Subcontractors work under the supervision and... Read more »

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Q: How much of a warranty do home builders have to provide on newly constructed homes?

We purchased a home that was completed in Mar 2018 in January 2019. Although it is a new home, we are the second owners. So we purchased it from the original owner and not the construction company. Because of this, we were told they would not extend the 1 year builders warranty to us, and it... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Aug 19, 2019

It will depend on the original contract between the homeowner and the builder as to what warranties exist. Any issues that arise that are a result of faulty construction could potentially be brought against the builder within six years of the original work. Your contractor is probably thinking of... Read more »

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Q: handyman priced a painting job verbally-has not finished it-suing me for more than the price is there a limit ? Options?

We have email communication and I have pictures he has changed price there times and now wants to be paid and the work is not finished and def not acceptable - no written contact - only verbal - myself and wife were w him on all conversations only is three - have pics - but he has filed a small... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 20, 2019

Stop asking strangers on a law blog if NC law will solve this festering problem and hire an NC lawyer instead. You will be glad you did.

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Q: My builder walked off the job.

My builder/framer walked off the job leaving us with thousands in repairs. Can I put a sign on my property naming him and the fact he left and is not standing behind his work.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 8, 2019

Doing something like that could possibly lead to further legal problems. There aren't many details here about the underlying contract and transactions between you and the contractor. Whether you choose to try to resolve the matter through direct negotiations with the contractor or through an... Read more »

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Q: can I sue vinyl siding contractor for faulty work that has rottted my house
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 18, 2018

I don't practice in North Carolina but your question hasn't been picked up in four weeks. Based on the limited facts here, a North Carolina attorney would likely have further questions, in terms of how the determination was made that it was the contractor's workmanship or materials that was... Read more »

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Q: Company failed to disclose retention pond behind new construction of townhome. Can I get out of the contract?

I am from out of state and plan to move to Apex, NC at the end of the year. I visited briefly and found what looked to be a perfect new build townhome. I didn’t have time to see the lot. They said it’d have trees behind it (great view). They sent a picture and retention pond was not in view. We... Read more »

Jake Andrew Snider
Jake Andrew Snider answered on Jun 1, 2018

The answer to your question will depend, in large part, on the language in the agreement you signed. In addition, it's possible the pictures you were given and the representations made before you signed the contract could come into play, as well. It's conceivable that you have a defense based... Read more »

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Q: Our builder walked off the job leaving us with thousands of dollars work that needs to be corrected.

We bought our lot from Mr. xxxx last year and he offered to build our home for us. He showed us several homes in the neighborhood and in the Hendersonville area that he built. Because of this we assumed he was a licensed contractor. All of our dealings with him, from when we first contacted him... Read more »

Jake Andrew Snider
Jake Andrew Snider answered on May 30, 2018

Getting your arms around this dilemma is going to be complicated and will require the assistance of a licensed attorney, preferably someone in your geographic area who is experienced in both construction law and litigation.

It sounds like you technically had a "contract" with the builder;...
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Q: Can I sue developer for not completing front yard drainage a year later?

I had developer build house for us and we occupied 1/25/2017. The front yard has significant drainage issues and developer said they would fix it. This hasnt happened. How long should I give them and what court should I sue them in?

Jake Andrew Snider
Jake Andrew Snider answered on Apr 19, 2018

The short answer to your initial question is: Maybe. There is a chance you'll be able to sue the developer or possibly the contractor who built the home. You'll need to review the contract; plus when you receive a home like this there may be a warranty of habitability that the failing drainage... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: Business contract

We bought a house in june, went directly to a roofing company to have a new metal installed. We paid a deposit of $8700 and went into contract stating the remainder would be paid in payments. He verbally told us it would be done by July 4th. It's now almost February and the job still hasn't been... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Jan 26, 2018

Contracts can generally be terminated by either party, depending on the terms of the written contract. However, unilaterally changing a contract is not appropriate. There roofer is allowed to sell his business. The question becomes whether you have anyone to collect from if you were to sue for the... Read more »

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Q: I have a verbal agreement to replace roofs on 3 units. Completed 2. Owner wants 3rd done by another crew. Can I stop it?

Agreement was to do all 3 units. Have been paid for completion of 2. Materials are on site for 3rd, that I had ordered. Owner is satisfied with quality of work but says he can have 3rd done faster by migrant crew. Does he have to honor our agreement?

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Jan 25, 2018

Unless you have a written contract that does not allow for termination, the contract can be terminated. However, the owner would be responsible for paying you for materials already purchased and any other costs you incurred in preparing to perform the 3rd building. There may also be other damages... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: What kind of lawyer do I need?

Husband owns the property solely. He gave my stepdaughter permission to put a camper in backyard to live in. Her mother is on title to camper. Stepdaughter and mother were given verbal notice to move camper in 30 days, didn't do it. Stepdaughter now in jail. Can we do something to keep mother or... Read more »

Will Blackton
Will Blackton answered on Sep 25, 2017

You can't effectively evict someone verbally in North Carolina.

You should contact a lawyer who specializes in landlord-tenant and eviction issues.

Search through the find a lawyer directory on this website or contact the NC Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: Contractor estimated cost. When done, invoices equaled 50% more than estimate, without any prior notice. Are we liable?

Contractor says he has no responsibility to inform client that cost will be higher than estimate. Contract claimed cost plus 20%. We provided detailed RFP, and have have written (email) estimate. At no time where we informed (verbally or in writing) of any unforeseen problems or advised of any cost... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Aug 7, 2017

It will likely depend on the language of the contract as to whether the increased cost is valid. If that comes in an e-mail with no other terms, your oral statements could also potentially be a part of the contract. If the contractor did not state that this was an estimate or the actual costs may... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: How we can negotiate with contractor to finish the project?

Hi. We live in Concord NC. We signed a contract to build a new parking lot. The disign was signed and approved by the city. We paid the 88% already to the contractor and he didn't finish the job correctly. We talk all together with the engineer to let him know what he has to fix up. The engineer is... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Jul 18, 2017

The contract terms should state how and when the contractor is entitled to payment and under what terms payment may be withheld. I would refer to the contract terms in attempting to negotiate with the contractor. If you have documented problems and the contractor won't fix them, you can terminate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation, Collections and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: Am I required to give my full name, address, along with a copy of my license just to receive payment for hours I've work

I haven't been paid for hours I've worked since 3 weeks ago, and the boss always says he's going to pay me tomorrow or the coming week with no effort what so ever. He's constantly ignoring my calls or messages because he knows I'm asking about my money and now he wants me to send him my full name... Read more »

Kirk Angel
Kirk Angel answered on Jun 28, 2017

If you are an employee, North Carolina wage and hour law governs this. The law requires the employer to establish a specific pay date and must pay you on that date. There seems to be no legal reason for you not to be paid. If you are not an employee, then the law does not apply.

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Q: If you were remodeling a home and paid money, can the owner hold your tools if she is unhappy and wants her money back

I was paid portial money upfront to do a remodeling job but the homeowner and I have a disagreement and now she is holding my tools until I return her the money she's paid me as a deposit

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Jun 26, 2017

Technically no, there is no right to retain your property without an agreement to do so. If you just need to recover the tools, you can file a small claims action to recover the property. If you are still owed money on the contract, you likely could also handle that in small claims. Of course, the... Read more »

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Q: Under NC law, what percentage of the total estimate of a new residence does one give to the contractor
Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Jun 20, 2017

There is no law that specifically covers this issue. Contractors and parties are free to contract for whatever amounts they wish and the law will generally enforce those contracts. That said, there is usually a profit margin of 10-20% for profit, above the costs the build the home. It also depends... Read more »

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