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The first thing that I would do now that you have reached an impass and the contractor is acting unreasonably is to file a complaint with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation:
This entity handles disputes including fee disputes with contractors.
Involving a third party licensing agency which has the power to compel the contractor to take action and which will not cost you is the best option at this point.
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This is not really helpful to me as an answer. I need advice as to what to do next. I know I can file a complaint with the state of florida, however that will be a time consuming procedure. Do you have a third party licensing agency in mind other than the state of florida? In addition how do I protect myself against liens that the contractor may file?
Contractor syas we have a contract even though I have never signed what he considers to be a contract. To me it is and always has been a ball park estimate. He intitially called it an estimat. In a suceeding invoive he changed the wording to read ESTIMATE/SCOPE OF WORK/CONTRACT---IS THAT REALLY A CONTRACT? I NEVER SIGNED IT!
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Contractor says we have a contract even though I have never signed what he considers to be a contract. To me it is and always has been a ball park estimate. He intitially called it an estimate. In a suceeding invoice he changed the wording to read ESTIMATE/SCOPE OF WORK/CONTRACT---IS THAT REALLY A CONTRACT? I NEVER SIGNED IT and neither did he!
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