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a building contractor did water damaged work on my apartment and i signed a contract with him and after the work was done
he changed the dollar amount to a higher amount. the contract stated not to exceed the $15,000.00. Is this a null and void contract. I have not paid the higher amount and he is taken me to small claims court
Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 7 months ago
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Real Estate Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

I'm very sorry to hear about your situation. If you are being sued, you can either a) bring a counter suit or b) put up a defense. You could countersue for breach of contract if the person said that the amount would not go over $15k, and it ended up doing so anyway. You could also use the fact that you did not breach the contract as a defense. There are so many other defenses that you could put up, but one thing I would strongly recommend is if you click here. You can see what the CA courts have used to help people understand their contract rights and help them put up a fight if they go to small claims court.

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