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How much was the entire prive for the remodel? How much is left to be done?
OK. So, there is no value to what they've done so far.
Do you know if there is a liquidated damages clause in your contract? It should be some sort of daily financial penalty for every day over their scheduled completion date.
A liquidated damages clause is a paragraph in your contract that says they will pay you a certain amount of money per day that they go over.
OK. Let me take a look.
I definately think you have a cause of action. You should sue for breach of contract. In that suit, you would claim that they did not fulfil their obligations under the contract, and you are entitled to damages. Those damages should include the money you've already given them, loss of business, and what it would cost to repair the damage they did.
The only thing that could impact your damages is if you decide to hire someone to complete the remodel, in which case the demolition they did could be considered a value (you then wouldn't have to pay the next company to do the demo work). If that's the case, they will get a credit for the value of the demo work.
Sorry, I just saw this.
You need to file a lawsuit in district court. I suggest you hire an attorney to assist you. Filing a lawsuit yourself can be very challenging. Plaintiffs that represent themselves are held to the ssame standards as attorneys in terms of knowing the law and procedure. If you really want to represent yourself, here is a website from the California courts that should help you.