Jim is owed $7,100, and has placed a lien on his client's home. He says Small Claims Court has a maximum claim of $5,000. Any advice from readers on what his next step should be?
January 3, 2014 by Steve Payne
Canadian Contractor reader Jim Brown (Roofrite) posted this yesterday. Can anyone give Jim some advice on collecting from his deadbeat client?
“I just had my most difficult customer. After completing work, going on three months, customer will not accept calls, e-mails, etc. However, he has threatened to sue over the lien I placed on his home for $7,100 for work performed.
Small claims court only allows for $5,000. To litigate will costs thousands more. As contractors we have very little support or protection against unscrupulous homeowners.
However you never hear about this – only about bad contractors! Any suggestions on how to proceed, short of legal action? Can I report them to any credit agencies?”
Edited version of Jim Brown’s post on Jan. 2.