How doesa contractorcollect if a customer still owes $4000?

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How doesa contractorcollect if a customer still owes $4000?

I recently did a project. Customer gave me 4 small list of touch ups that needed do be done 4 seperate times. Customer states that there are other things that need to be done but that was never brought to my attention until now. It seems like they are avoiding paying the last invoice.

Asked on June 29, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Texas

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you had a contract with the customer, you need to review the specifics of the contract to see if it includes anything regarding these other extra things. If it doesn't, show the customer and explain that if you don't get payment as required by the contract, you will place a mechanics lien on the property in question. If there is no contract, then you must understand that if you sue, you will get reimbursed for all materials you can prove you purchased and the worth of your labor. This may or may not equate to $4,000.00. If you are licensed as a contractor in your state or licensed to do what you do, check with your state licensing board or agency to see if there is a mediation or arbitration program available for resolving the monies owed. Otherwise, try speaking with your state's office of the attorney general to obtain some help.


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