Update on the client who claims their contractor has placed a fraudulent lien on her house
So much doesn't add up in this post from an aggrieved client. But the theme of contractors filing fraudulent or vexatious liens is a common one.
March 1, 2019 by canadiancontractor
This is a follow up post from a homeowner who feels their contractor’s lien claim is nothing but “legal theft.”
Here is their original post from last October, and it seems things have only deteriorated since then.
Comments welcome below.
Our contractor seems to make his living suing owners. He treated us horribly, did not build as per contract or plan, kept giving us change orders and refused to build unless we paid them. This was a fixed price contract. He kept doing work not approved by us and he kept charging us. Then he put a false $102,000 lien on our house when we were paid up to date as per the contract. Now $20,000 later we are just waiting for a quantity survey, the rough copy of which states all the mistakes and how we should be credited for them, how there should be no lien. This company has an amazingly false website, they did not honour their contract. All we have from July 07, 2017 to now (Feb 25, 2019) is a barely framed house on a foundation, a roof, exterior doors and a basement floor. HVAC and plumbing is roughed in. That’s it. We had paid the contractor almost $90,000 for all the work complete, so how do they get off putting a $102,000 lien on our house?
This company has over 30 registered court cases against them. I talked to one client briefly as she stated she lost $25,000 to them last September. But she was just happy to get rid of them and hired someone else. They have ruined our life. Our house is now full of mold as its been sitting all winter after they abandoned the build five months ago. It’s taken us this long for us to save the money to prove the contract. This is not fair, there is very little help for the consumer…
We had no invoice, no warning at all about this lien. We have no clue what the $102,000 lien is for. How fair is that? They do not talk to you. Our lawyer has four binders of horrible texts, emails and bullying from our builder. They are big and rich so they don’t care. I believe this is some kind of legal theft. Anyone thinking of hiring a contractor, please check the justice system and how many times they have registered in the courts against customers. I really wish we had. We wish the law would change. There are bad contractors that use the lien system to make money. I believe we fell into that trap.