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Refusing a contractor (by Jen [AK]) Jan 16, 2019 2:27 PM
       Refusing a contractor (by RB [MI]) Jan 16, 2019 2:56 PM
       Refusing a contractor (by 6x6 [TN]) Jan 16, 2019 3:20 PM
       Refusing a contractor (by Moshe [CA]) Jan 16, 2019 6:06 PM
       Refusing a contractor (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 16, 2019 6:59 PM
       Refusing a contractor (by AllyM [NJ]) Jan 16, 2019 7:08 PM
       Refusing a contractor (by Jen [AK]) Jan 16, 2019 7:29 PM
       Refusing a contractor (by Robin [WI]) Jan 16, 2019 7:38 PM
       Refusing a contractor (by CGB [MI]) Jan 16, 2019 9:08 PM

Refusing a contractor (by Jen [AK]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 2:27 PM

We are tenants and had a contractor scheduled for last Wednesday, Friday, and this Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday he showed up at 5:20 to put in a new dishwasher, it took him until 8:45 to finish. Friday, he was suppose to put in a new faucet at 9am and begin working on small (hairline) cracks in the walls caused by the earthquake 11/30. He showed up at 9:30 and said he had not bought the faucet yet as the landlord had asked him to do, I had already gone to 5 stores looking for the hose that was needed and relayed to my landlord and the contractor that you could not buy it locally (I had removed it and taken it with me and was told you just had to buy a new faucet)

When the contractor got there he tried to remove the hose using 3 different tools and taking a good 30 minutes, I asked if he had it yet and he said no, so I crouched down and pulled it out (quick release line no tools needed) He took it with him to buy the new faucet and was gone 4 hours (there is a Home Depot and Lowes 5 minutes from my house) When he got back he said he took his lunch too and he couldn't find the hose (he was suppose to buy a faucet) then he started working about 10 minutes later, he said Uh oh, so I went in to see what was wrong. The new faucet did not cover the holes in the sink, he said he wasn't sure if they would take it back open. I replied that he only needed the covers for the holes and that this wasn't an issue, I would actually go pick them up right now. He said oh and that he would go get them- gone another hour. After the faucet was installed he started working on the hairline cracks. Friday.

He bored into the cracks, making hairline cracks that were about 6 inches long a foot long and an inch wide and deep. My husband was a contractor for 30 years before he passed away so I know a little about construction. He also covered nothing and there was dust EVERYWHERE in the kitchen and living room. Then he left at 5:45 without cleaning up.

Monday he did more digging into the walls while my daughter, myself and our two dogs were forced to stay in my bedroom due to the dust, him working in 4 rooms at once I discussed covering things and he said it was fine to breathe in the dust and it wouldn't hurt anything but I insisted and he did cover the furniture and counters. When he was done for the day (4:30 though he told me 6 both days) He asked me to go to the crawlspace and get the paint because all he had left to do was sand the mud and paint Tuesday.

I went in the crawlspace, got the paint ready Monday night, then yesterday he didn't show up at all. We sat around all day. no phone call, nothing. Wednesday we do volunteer work and since I had heard nothing, we went and then came home but had to leave for a Drs appt. He showed up at noon and said he was ready to work today but I wasn't there earlier (I checked the security cameras and he showed up first at 10:45)

I told him today was not good and what happened yesterday. He said he slipped on the ice and couldn't come but he could work while we were gone, I refused and said he could come back tomorrow. He got angry and said he was suppose to be here all week, to which I said I was here all day yesterday and if you just need to sand and paint 7 spots why would you need 4 more days? I'm not changing my plans, you did not call me yesterday so I'm not sitting home until someone decides to let me know what is going on and no one will be in my house without me here. My landlord is dealing with a family death and out of contact. But I think she needs to know this guy is not showing up, wasting time, and doing subpar work. I should have the right to refuse him entry today, correct? He seems so shady to me and I don't want him in my home unsupervised. He also kept leaving the door open while he went to his truck (it was negative 6 outside)


Refusing a contractor (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 2:56 PM

Sounds like a real Class Act.

If what you say is true,

and it probably is,

I'd suggest you move out of the Circus

and away from the Clowns.

The nonsense you describe, starts at the top

and works its way down to an overrated,inexperienced Helper.

Refusing a contractor (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 3:20 PM

Who hired the contractor you or the landlady? He sounds very irresponsible and lazy. If you hired him then I would fire him and get someone else. If the landlady hired him you should definitely let her know. In the meantime I would not let him back in if he is that bad. Hope you get it resolved.

Refusing a contractor (by Moshe [CA]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 6:06 PM

Do I understand that the work is for the benefit of the landlord, and that he sent a contractor unsupervised to do the work and he [the landlord] is expecting you to watch over the contractor?

If so, then I would have told the landlord that MO, I wioll not do that, if the dwelling needs work then you [landlord] are responsible. You may enter my dwelling with proper notice, and the contractor may accompany you. You [landlord] are responsible for the work and for the behavior of the contractor.

Refusing a contractor (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 6:59 PM

Normal these days.

OK to require your presence before entering.

The family death does not go on for a week. Tell the LL what is happening with a BRIEF text. He/she will want to know.

Tell the handyman to wait.


Refusing a contractor (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 7:08 PM

He is terrible. Probably drunk or impaired. When he disappeared for the long time he may have gone to another job. I had a plumber do that once. I asked for a two handle faucet so he said he would have to go buy one. He came back four hours later and told me it took four hours to find it and the job cost three hundred dollars he said because the faucet cost so much. I later saw it at Home Depot for maybe sixty five dollars and I think he went on another job while I waited. A lot of these people are sort of crooked and weill scam as much money off you as possible. I would not let him back in and tell the landlord when they are through their crisis. I would write it up carefully with dates and times.

Refusing a contractor (by Jen [AK]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 7:29 PM

It's the OP again, thank you all for your responses. Yes the landlord hired him not me. I texted her tonight and let her know what was going on, but she hasn't gotten back to me yet. And yes, he was hired and I was suppose to let him in and supervise him but even with my limited knowledge of construction and plumbing, I am unimpressed. I appreciate your help- have a great night! --107.77.xx.xx

Refusing a contractor (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 7:38 PM

From your description, he clearly seems incompetent, and as a LL I would be very grateful for a tenant that knew enough to recognize that and inform me. Sounds like the LL should hire YOU!

Refusing a contractor (by CGB [MI]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 9:08 PM

Most leases require you to give the landlord access with 24 hours notice. I am not a legal scholar but I would take that as unless the landlord is present, you dont have to give the contractor access.

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