Can I fire a construction team? I believe they breached the written and verbal contracts
The construction team and I have both agreed not to continue working together; however, they are trying to make me sign a "mutual rescission and release of contract", which basically says that I can make no further claims against them. I'm not comfortable with this, as I am planning on reporting them to the Contractor's State License Board. Unfortunately, no permit was pulled for this job. I am under a serious time crunch and the construction team is threatening to pull a permit and force a long city inspection process if I do not sign. Do I have sign this? I'm fine with releasing the contract, but not happy about releasing my ability to file claims.
I hoping I can avoid signing if I state some law that allows me to fire for misconduct and null all existing contracts. I really don't want to loose my rights to file claims but more importantly, I don't want a permit pulled (which they are threatening to do).
My construction company, which I hired to perform commercial tenant improvements, has been trying to charge me more for work. The contract is very vague. It says that for x dollars they will "remove lights and install light fixtures of my choice". Before signing the contract, I verbally explained this in detail, saying the removing the lights entails removing all florescent fixtures, closing up the space with ceiling tiles and installing a combination of recessed and flush mount fixtures. They did not say I was limited in the type or quantity lighting I could choose. When it came time to do the work, they sent me an email saying that they were only contracted to "move" the fluorescent lights to accommodate the new rooms. I pointed out the verbiage in the contract. They back-peddled and now said that they only bid the job for one light room (I need 2 because the rooms are large). After many back and forths (all documented via email), we decided to part ways. Now with the threat of pulling a permit should I not sign their contract. Also to be noted, I have not supplied a final payment. They are also threatening to a pull a permit should I not pay them in full.