Legal Question in Construction Law in Washington

In 2006 a sub-contractor did some work on my home. The work was shoddy, the crew was rude and I was generally displeased. I talked to the contractor and told him that I was unhappy with the work his sub did and that I considered our contract open for renegotiation. After several months of getting the telephone run-around I stopped trying to get an invoice out of the contractor. I was very clear that I wanted the invoice so that I could take it to attorney and we could begin negotiating my discount. It's been three years and I haven't heard a word, so I'm considering the work to be free. Where do I stand? Can I have a lien placed on my home without ever getting an invoice? Can they charge interest for non-payment?

Asked on 8/07/09, 1:54 am

1 Answer from Attorneys

P. Jayson Thibodaux Law Office of P. Jayson Thibodaux

A short answer to your question: You can check to see if the contractor filed a mechanics lien against your property for the work performed. You can check this with the county recorder or even online depending on your county. You could still be exposed to a claim for the work performed or subject to collections and interest.

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Answered on 8/19/09, 1:24 pm


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