Contractor giving me problems?

I hired this guy (a general contractor) to do my house. A total remodel, inside and out. I realize now, I've made some mistakes. I paid him almost all the money up front (1st mistake). The work is bad quality and very sloppy and shotty. He bought and put things in without even consulting with me. He is suppose to be finishing the outside and hasn't showed up in weeks. I call... no answer. So, now he has all my money and the job isn't anywhere near done. I found out (through the grape vine) that he isn't even working under a valid license that the license he shows people is really under his sons SSI number (they have the same name). His son is only 16 years old. What are my rights? And who should contact. I think I may have to take this guy to court. I don’t know if this matters, but he’s also a convicted felon (found that out after the fact as well).

Asked By: luv2help - 4/2/2008
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You're screwed. You probably won't get any money back from him, the job he did is poor and may need to be re-done, and do you really want him to finish doing the half @$$ job he has started... More
Answered By: Hex92 - 4/2/2008
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if the money owed to you is under $5000, you could take him to small claims court - good luck!
Answered By: writer101 - 4/2/2008
I would call some local news stations and tell them about it. The ones here will sometimes do a story on it, hunt the guy down, and the guy either pays back the money or finishes the job right. He doesn't want his face on TV looking bad or no one else will hire him. You could also sue him but chances are you will... More
Answered By: sooners83 - 4/2/2008
as a carpenter myself, i usually wait til the end of the job to get paid, and check with the owner first before any changes are done and why... More
Answered By: mkg101carp - 4/2/2008
Answered By: Amin - 4/2/2008
immediately call the department of consumer protection in your state .they will tell you all your rights and get you started on the right path also be sure to report him to the better business bureau to keep others from using him(wishing you a speedy resolve)
Answered By: amo45 - 4/2/2008
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