My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Pennsylvania
I hired a painter to paint 2 rooms in my home with a verbal and email agreement on dates to finish job. Contractor took 1k down payment set up his scaffolding and couldnít start the job as per agreement. We hired another painter to do the job and contractor did not want pick up his scaffolding, he stated he was busy.
Three weeks later he wanted his scaffolding so I asked for my check back. He stated he cashed it and used it to rent scaffolding and he has no money. I told him Iíll give him a week to give me my money and he can have his scaffolding.
A few more weeks pass and I get a call from PA state troopers telling me I cannot hold his scaffolding for ransom on money owed.
How can the laws protect what I believe is a scam! I tried to cancel check but he cashed it quickly. We found him from a website like Angieís list and waiting for them to send reimbursement but who knows if that will work our. Very curious on my rights as a consumer because I didnít do anything wrong and I feel this contractor can do this to anyone and use the state police as his henchmen.