Thank you, L.
The answer is theoretically yes
, you can. If it is your home, then no one can FORCE
their way inside to do any type of work.
Now, if your reason is that they are behind, then one has to take this a step further and claim MATERIAL BREACH OF CONTRACT
. Allow me to explain.
Breach of contract may be minor, or material.
A minor breach is substandard performance but one that does not cancel the contract
A material breach goes to the "heart" of the matter wherein the performance is so bad, or nonexistent, that it validates the other party walking away from the contract.
Is it a minor or material breach? The Court would decide based on the following subjective factors:
1. The extent to which the injured party will be deprived of an expected benefit
2. The extent to which the party can be adequately compensated.
3. The extent to which the breaching party will suffer forfeiture.
4. The likelihood that the breaching party will cure their failure
5. The good faith of the breaching party.
So someone in your situation may wish to claim a MATERIAL breach by their complete lagging of schedule, and declare the project VOID and stop it. Whether or not the contractor agrees to simply walk away, or, attempts to have the Courts be involved, is up to them.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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