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I have a painter I've worked with who did not complete the job. He is saying he did. Not only did he not do it, he did a really sloppy job on many things (something in EVERY room) and had a guy working for him that, as he stated, "a 5 year old could have done better. He verbally gave me an estimate of $3600 plus materials but is now saying I owe him $5700. He will not come back, says the job is done and wants me to show him detailed pictures of anything that needs to be corrected. I have pictures and videos and a professional builder who made the video with me outlining each room and the mistakes made. If the painter doesn't agree to come back and finish, I have to hire a new painter. We did not have any written agreement. He confirmed the $3600 plus paint fee twice. This painter was recommended by a friend and did a great job on the outside. He started 2 1/2 weeks late and it's been 4 weeks since he started. We never did a walk through together after he corrected a few things. What are my rights? Can he do something that affects my credit score?

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Only writing a letter stating a bit of what happened. He was paid $3000 already. I've now written a long letter detailing most things. I haven't sent it yet. I've left a phone message asking if he'll call to talk with me.

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