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Asked on: 4/02/05, 12:42 am

Definition of Job Abandonment

Is there a specific period of time that must pass without a contractor working on a project that constitutes job abandonment? I contracted with a licensed custom cabinet builder for kitchen cabinets. The projected completion date of the cabinet installation (March 9,2005) has long passed. While some delay was due to the need for more electrical work than anticipated (and subsequent plastering), he told me he would install the cabinets as soon as that work was completed on 3/17. As of this date (4/1) he has not started the cabinet installation, though, on the rare occasion that he has returned my call, he has promised he would start various times throughout this two week period. This guy is not simply busy, he is irresponsible. He gutted my kitchen, cut a hole in my ceiling fo run ducting for an OTR microwave, and hired a sub to do the electical, so I have been dealing with him since January. He doesn't show up when he says he'll be here and rarely returns phone calls. I have lost any trust I had in him and would like to be rid of him and find someone who is reliable. What recourse, if any, do I have at this point?

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