A contractor did not pay his bills for Driveway pavers installed at my home July 2011. The paver compay registered a lien against my home in Seminole county on 7 October 2011 for approx $3600. The contractor has promised he was making progress payments and would take care of it. The Paver company tells me the contractor only made one partial payment a few months ago, and the approx $2000 remaining would be sent to their attorneys for processing in about a month (she said next step would be a notice to forclose on my home).Question: What steps do I need to take? Should I pay the $2000 and avoid the attorney's fees? I think it's high risk the contractor will pay his bills. Thank you!Bill Reese
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Florida
I have been in contact with the contract via phone text and a rare phone call. He "assures" me he is working hard to pay off his debts, that he feels so bad to put customers through this stress, etc, etc.
let me know what your priority is though.
As that affects whether you pay the vendor or not.
Thank you for your reply. Sounds like I either sue, with little expectation of getting compensation, or pay the lien and chaulk it up to a learning experience. If the lien gets processed through the company's attorney, they said they start Foreclosure proceedings. Is that the correct sequence and if that happens can I pay it off at that point? I obviously don't want to jeapordize my home over this. Thanks!
It would be normally advisable to pay it off and sue the contractor
the former takes care of the lien
the latter can be handled using a lawyer on contingency
as well as complaint to the BBB and dept of consumer affairs.
That would be the recommended sequence to best protect the property
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