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Has anyone dealt with contractors threatening to lien their property. I fired a contractor and I will need to redo everything but they claim they did the work to standard and are demanding payment. Not sure if I should get a lawyer now or if/when they actually lien my house.

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Always better to avoid courts. Get a second contractor opinion on work quality and do get the advise of an attorney now. If there’s a way to make him go away do it than court.

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I have unfortunately had experience in this area. The laws somewhat vary from state to state - generally in the northeast, the laws favor the contractors - its super easy to file a mechanics lien and not so easy to get rid of it. (In Florida it’s more balanced). Getting a lawyer presumes the amount in question exceeds the jurisdictional minimum for the “general court” (not small claims). I would suggest (1) document all the deficiencies with a lot of pictures and a written description , (2) have your new contractor give you a detailed proposal with a price and a specific detail of what he/she will be fixing or redoing , (3) send the contractor a demand letter to pay you the amount needed to fix it (will be more effective if it comes from your lawyer), (4) file a complaint demanding payment from the contractor. If u are dealing with a bad person, better to take the offensive. Otherwise you can in most states post a bond to remove the Leon but it’s expensive and you will need a lawyer to do it. Best of Luck.

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Definitely get a lawyer before this potentially spirals. Hopefully you can nope this in the bud, but you want to make sure that you're next steps don't hurt your case. For example, you bring another contractor in and now it's he said she said over who did what work.

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