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Thank you for your follow-up.Under New Jersey law a contractor or professional who maintains properties does have the ability to seek a lien against the property for labor and wages that he did not receive. Having said that, however, you have the ability and the right to demand a formal accounting. The issue is that most counties will still permit him to place a lien purely if he can show that there is an outstanding balance, but you would then be able to file against him and demand removal or seek damages.Hope that helps.PS. I am still here, I was typing out your response.
Sounds like my choices are to pay the bill in full, or hire an attorney to deal with this. Do you agree?
Thank you for your follow-up.I would agree with that. You can attempt to fight this on your own, but then removing the lien and expense of litigation would likely outweigh the funds you would be able to get back from this business. This is a situation where the costs may be outweighed by simply paying the inflated bill and never dealing with this person again.Good luck.
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