My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Pennsylvania
I am the tenant in a relative's house. One of the requirements for me being able to live here is that I pay or do all maintenance and repairs to this house.
I hired a contractor to install new windows and a new door on the house (my heating bills were becoming absurd.) This contractor is about 70% finished with the job, but is not coming back to finish the work, and the work that was done wasn't done very well.
I have attempted to set up appointments with this contractor several times to make appointments and each time I've set up the appointment he is a no-show.
The contractor told me he was licensed but he isn't advertised as such on his website or in any ads that I have found. I've also checked with attorneygeneral.gov to see if he was registered, and I cannot find any records of his business nor himself. So I feel as if he is not licensed, nor insured, as he had stated. He does advertise as LLC, so I assume he owns a legal business.
The contractor was paid in full (via credit card.) I was planning to file a partial-claim through my credit card company for services not performed as described to recover some of the money to hopefully get him back to finish up, or someone else in to do this job.
I was wondering before I took that step, would the contractor be able to file a lien on my relative's property? What if it turns out he is unlicensed? The last thing I want to do is give my relative any reason to think twice about letting me live in this residence.
I have found this online:
"No lien may be filed where a tenant improves leased premises with the landlord’s consent and there is no writing signed by the owner admitting that the work was for the immediate use and benefit of the owner. 49 P.S. § 1303(d)."
Does that apply to this situation?