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Under Maryland law, there is a 20 year statute of repose, which means that a property owner has 20 years in which to sue for construction defects. Here's a good link to the law: http://www.aia.org/aiaucmp/groups/aia/documents/pdf/aias078872.pdf
Thus, you would have grounds to sue, and it could be possible that if you had to do so, you may spend close to or more than the claim is........but it may be that you could get this resolved with a demand letter from a lawyer.....instead of actually having to sue.
Also, if you did have to sue, it is possible that you could seek your legal fees, but a court awarding the same is usually far from guaranteed. Instead, whether or not you receive your attorney's fees depends on the judge.
So, it may be a good idea to consult a lawyer about sending a demand letter and requesting that the repairs be made by the contractor at no cost......and if that doesn't result in you getting this resolved.......you could evaluate whether the cost going forward is justified or not.
Since the contractor is not licensed, you can't pursue a claim through the state contractor's board.......so this would be your only redress for the sub-standard work performed by him.
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