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1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Oregon on
Q: What does "What date did your claim arise?" mean on a small claims form?

I am filing a small claim for poor construction work that was completed on Oct 13, 2017 in Portland Oregon. I filed a notice to file a claim at the contractors board, after which the contractor came out an patched the problem on Nov 1, 2018. But it was a terrible job and I'm filing for my money... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 6, 2020

It means essentially what it says, as in the case of when did an accident occur, when did a breach of contract occur, etc. Two different people could probably present arguments for the use of either date, if additional details were available. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Construction Law for Oregon on
Q: Can the city be held responsible for damages to my water heater from not notifying us when they said they would?

They have been doing work on water mains for over a month and we got 1 letter saying they would let us know when the water would be off but we have not been notified a single time out of dozens and our water heater ran dry multiple times and now is not working properly, i even emailed the city... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 9, 2019

The cost to litigate such a case could exceed the replacement costs to the heater. If other residents in your area also sustained related damages, that could help spread legal costs. That could be something to look into before consulting with a local attorney. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Construction Law, Business Formation and Business Law for Oregon on
Q: I need help in regards to filing a lien on a construction project or write up a demand of payment letter

I was hired by a contractor to install siding and painting.The project is coming to a close and im still owed 54 thousand dollars plus 51 thousand dollars of change orders.I still have to pay out 95 thousand dollars to my subcontractors.I am told by other people that the general contractor said... Read more »

Daniel DiCicco
Daniel DiCicco answered on Jan 29, 2019

Sounds like you will need to sue them. I doubt a letter alone is going to dislodge $100k from someone. You need a real threat. Give me a ring and I can look at it with you.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Oregon on
Q: Can I fire a contractor at will if I find out he is unlicensed? Can he sue me?
Daniel DiCicco
Daniel DiCicco answered on Dec 14, 2018

This depends on the nature of the work. Most residential home improvement type work requires that the contractor have a CCB license. You can fire him if he is doing this work unlicensed. He could potentially try to sue you if you have a signed agreement with him- anyone can file a lawsuit. But I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I bought a home and did mold remediation in the attic - Found out later it was due to no soffit vents. Was that legal?

My question is regarding building code (for the most part).

Purchased an adult foster care home. Home inspection showed mold in attic, but seller refused to fix. During remediation, found out the mold was due to no soffit vents added to the 2003 construction - also no bathroom exhaust... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Sep 29, 2017

Your best solution is to get bids to fix the problems. Adding soffits and vent fans is not extremely expensive. Oregon has statutes of limitation which prevent lawsuits after certain time periods and while there are many different time periods the statute of ultimate repose, which is the end all... Read more »

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