If i hire someone and they do a terrible job do i have to pay them

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If i hire someone and they do a terrible job do i have to pay them

If I hired somebody to do a paint job
and they do the most terrible job
possible and it forces me to hire
someone else the next day so not only
complete the job but fix their mistakes
well they win against me in a civil case
if they decide to take me to court

Asked on April 2, 2018 under Business Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If they do negligent or careless work, work which is not up to professionally or commercial acceptable standards, or work which violates the terms of the agreement, you would not have to pay them (except if any of the work was acceptable, you'd have to pay the appropriate percentage of the total cost for that portion of the work). That doesn't mean that they won't try to sue you if you don't pay--the courts do not pre-screen lawsuits to make sure they are valid before allowing them to be filed. But if you can prove the problems with the work, such as with photographs you took of it, or the testimony of the painter(s) or contractor(s) who came to redo it and who could testify in court (if necessary; i.e. if the case goes to trial) as to the issues with it based on their professional experience, you should have a good defense if sued.

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