Dear Sir/Madam: I contracted in writing with a General Contractor to have 2 fireplace inserts installed in August. The GC then sub-contracted the job to a company who installs fireplace inserts. I paid the GC for the total of the job, which is $7000 (I
wrote “fireplace inserts” on the check). The GC left the job incomplete (he is gone, I had to fire him for various reasons). On October 15th I received a letter at the door from the fireplace company stating that the GC never paid them any money and that shrouds
still needed to be installed and they would not complete the work unless they received payment in full. I have yet to answer. So my questions are: 1. If I was working with the GC, had a contract
in writing with him, and paid him, does the fireplace company
have the right to come after me for another $7000 or is the matter between those two? I would like to offer the fireplace company the proof of payment so they can take action against the GC but I am afraid to approach them for fear of them coming after me.
2. Do I have the right to have the job finished through someone else? Right now I have two fireplaces that need finishing and as far as I know the company that originally did the work won’t finish it without full payment. I am not paying $7000 again. Even
if I showed them that I paid, are they going to finish a job they have been beat on? Probably not. 3. Is the fireplace company obligated to finish the job for me? Probably not since I did not contract with them. Based on their web reviews they don’t seem very
nice. Many Thanks CM