Had a renovation contract with a Contractor
. Work was to be completed in 45 days, ended up taking 180 days including us having to send 2 cure notices and finally having to have him removed from the project and hire other contractor to complete work. Fired him about a month ago and just this past week had the final work corrected and/or completed with the exception of some bad work we have to just live with. We sent him a settlement letter just yesterday stating what was owing to him which proved to be a negative from what we had held back. In the meantime he apparently had filed a lien on the property and we received notice today. We are looking at selling the property, have a contract currently so will bond off the lien ($8K) but what should be our next steps.
We feel very comfortable with our position on this matter as the contractor performed very bad work, didn't complete much of the work, we have receipts of where we hired others to complete the work. He had sent a letter during this last few weeks to a potential realtor who might have a buyer stating how certain things were not performed in an attempt to ruin a sale. His comments are about items that are clearly in his contract to perform so he has same as admitted the work was not completed.
Along the way he refused to provide us information on the subs performing the work even though the contract calls for him to do so. He would never actually provide us an invoice or billing along the way and certainly no interim lien waivers which we asked for many times. Basically after the contract was signed he approached the project as though he did not have to follow any of the rules. His construction
was horrible with things like holding a brand new shower faucets together and installed with 2 pieces of wood and a rubber band wedged inside to hold in place. Some outlets didn't work. Sink stoppers wouldn't work. Cabinet doors installed backwards. However, somehow he did manage to get city to sign off on inspections although it is obvious from the pictures we have that many of the items did not meet code.
Any advice on the next steps we should follow: 1) Go ahead and find an attorney 2) Any type of letter we can send him to ask him to remove the lien for failure to meet his contract