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How long ago was the ordered placed? Does the contract have any time for performance?
Thank you. If the contractor has failed to perform under the contract, to date, they would be in breach. If you have contacted him and demanded performance and he has failed to act or provide you any assurances or information as to the delay, then you can sue him in small claims court, based upon the amount which you seek to recover. You can start by making a written demand for payment to him and advise if he fails to respond and resolve this, you will take legal action. I have provided a link below with all the information you need to proceed as well.
If he has not done any work on the home, there is no basis to place a mechanics type lien on it and unless he gets a judgment against you and sues, the can not place a lien to secure the judgment.
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It is a straight forward letter and there is no specific form. I have provided a link for your view, so you can obtain a general idea of how to structure it, before filing suit.
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