We had a bad 24' round above ground salt water pool installed. The contract shows a 1 year warranty for workmanship. The owner refuses to contact us or remedy the defective pool construction. We paid over 10K and the pool is falling a part. The liner fell out within the first season, which was... View More
Unfortunately it sounds like the warranty has expired. You need to find a lawyer experienced with consumer cases and construction cases to review the contract you signed and get the specific facts from you. Unless you have proof of defects appearing in the first year and that you brought these...View More
Didn't pay me . Told me he would press charges if I contacted him . I priced the job at $3,000 I was only 2 hours from being done the next day of when I called the next day he complained and told me not to come back now he refuses to pay for the work that has been completed
Send the homeowner a demand letter for the amount owed for work done so far and the value of the tools that he has in his possession. State that he may return the tools to you within 5 days and if he returns them in the same condition they were in with no damage, he will still owe you $x for the...View More
I had a professional inspection completed. The joints are popping apart and we have leaks throughout the crawl space. I was told a builder is responsible for improper installation for life. We have to replace all the waste plumbing in the home. Also have a concern this could be throughout the whole... View More
No. North Carolina has a 6 year statute of repose for faulty construction. That typically runs from when the certificate of occupancy was issued for the home. You would have to be both within the 3 year statute of limitation and the 6 year statute of repose to seek recovery from the builder. You...View More
North Carolina courts have generally held that late fees must be reasonable and not excessive, and should generally relate to the actual damages suffered by the contractor for late payment. If you plan to add late fees to your invoices, you should make sure that the fees are clearly disclosed in...View More
In May 2022 I signed a contract with a builder where no completion time is fixed in the contract. This contract involves adding on a small office space, approximately 250 square feet to the existing structure of my home. The contractor verbally agreed to a completion date of September 2022.... View More
What is considered "reasonable" may vary. For example, if you had to order specialty materials and delivery was affected by the recent supply chain issues, a year might not be extremely unreasonable. However, the fact that the completion date was only agreed on verbally means that you...View More
Is your mother willing to go to court personally and argue her case? Is the owner/representative of company number 2 willing to attend small claims court with her and testify against company no 1? Are your mother and the representative of company no. 2 willing to travel to the county where bad LLC...View More
Whether or not you owe the general contractor money would depend on the terms of your contract with them. If your contract specifically required the contractor to maintain a valid license during the course of the project, and they failed to do so, you may be able to argue that they breached the...View More
The general rule in North Carolina is that a person who provides contracting services without the required license is not entitled to be paid for those services. Essentially, the contract for those services is illegal and, therefore, unenforceable.
However, there is an exception to this...View More
If the local office is a franchise and separately incorporated, you sue them. If they are part of the main company, you sue the main company. To be cautious, you sue both. Please note that you cannot sue the out of state company in Small Claims court. You have to file in District Court if the...View More
A contractor charged an additional $8000 to replace his mistake. I believe such a miscommunication is not my fault, but would be willing to agree to a compromise at 1/2, but not pay the entirety since he did such a poor job with replacement. Its going to cost me an additional $8k to fix his poor... View More
You need an experienced civil litigation and construction attorney. Some debt collection defense attorneys have experience defending these kind of lawsuits. If the contractor placed a lien on your property and is seeking to enforce that lien and sell your property, you need someone familiar with...View More
We have issues with our new neighbors as their fence is between our properties and its in a very bad shape, their dogs constantly pushing the boards towards our yard and we're worried they will end up yet again in our yard as they already did before. No civilized communication is possible with... View More
Without research into your local ordinances and codes, I can't answer whether or not a fence is required. But I would be surprised if it was. However, failure to keep the dogs on their property would likely be considered a trespass and could be punished under criminal or civil sanctions.
Builder has provably breached contract multiple ways & attempting to now extort us by stopping work & attempting to bilk us out of money for materials purchased to FIX their negligece. They are doing so under the false pretense that this is lumber covered in the contract as "lumber... View More
After 2 different reschedules, no show no call on the third reschedule. I had to track down information and I find out the owner was closing business financial problems this was on August 30. I have yet not received any paperwork from a lawyer stating he has filed bankruptcy. I went and file... View More
There is no time limit on filing bankruptcy. He could wait years to do it, if he ever even files. There is, however, a time limit on you filing a civil suit against him for breach of contract and fraud. If you were to sue him in the county where the work was performed you would have to file the...View More
Lowes sent an unlicensed installer to our house to rip out and install new kitchen cabinets and hood vent system. Various breaches of contract including massively subpar work, theft from our home, dangerous living conditions, multiple violations of code, all needs be ripped out and start over . It... View More
I would have to read your contract with the builder to be able to fully answer this question, but I suspect that it is silent on it. Generally, reasonableness is determined on a case-by-case basis and is a question for the jury.
We are subs on a job in NC. The GC, from out of state, needed extra work done, which we did on good faith basis without making them sign a change order before we did the work. Now they are saying since the change order wasn't turned in by a certain timeline, they don't want to pay it... View More
It would probably be best to have an attorney review the contract before providing you advice on this question. Generally speaking, the terms of the written contract are enforceable. I think ultimately the contractor would have to show some prejudice that occured due to the failure to submit on a...View More
Floors are uneven, windows were installed improperly and leak every time it rains. Builder dodging my questions and giving us the run around. Saying someone will come fix, sends someone out to take measurements, then nothing happens. We’ve had at least 6 different people come out to look at the... View More
The statute of limitations for a contract is three years. However, there is also a statute of repose in North Carolina of six years for faulty construction. At the very least, you should given written notice to the builder of any issues that have arisen or that are warranty issues.
Recently moved to a new house. The community is new and the builder just started work on the lot beside my house. He removed 18inch lawn from my property thinking that it belongs the other lot with out even asking me or checking the plot map. Can I sue the builder for what he has done? he said he... View More
A North Carolina attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. The decision to sue is yours to make. You mention wanting to take legal action, but your description mentions that the builder expressed a willingness to fix the damage. Depending on the dimensions of your...View More
There is no such law requiring a minimum 50% deposit. You will find the following information about hiring a contractor: https://www.nclicensing.org/consumerAwareness.asp (copy and paste the link into your browser).
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