My question involves business law in the state of: Washington
I am the owner of a business that services bank owned properties. This broker is the banks realtor. The broker asked us to mow the lawns for 42 properties that he had listed. I told the broker the intial cuts were going to be about $100 and the bi-weekly would be $50. He agreed. I sub-contracted the work to be done. It was completed and the broker was invoiced.
The broker initially told us that he would pay us weekly. He did not pay the first week and did not tell us to stop service. We continued service for the 2nd week. After all the lawns were mowed he told us "stop all lawn services I am trying to figure out why you and another guy and mowing the same lawns." Then he said every lawn we mowed had already had an initial cut done. Which was not the case.
He had told me a few days earlier that an elderly man mowed 3-4 lawns a month for him.
Long and short. He told me directly that he is not going to pay us in full and he has no contractual agreement with us. He said his bookeeper would send me a check for what is fair. I got a check in the mail today for $900. The total invoice was over $4,000 and I've already paid my sub-contractor over $3,000. I dont want to accept $900 for total payment. What should I do with the check? Also, I've thought about going to small claims court. I've got my sub-contractor that can prove the weight of the grass. Also, I have emails to and from him but no signed contract.
Not sure if it makes any differnce but he also owes us $3600 for another project we completed. I have before and after photos of this project. I've talked with the county auditor and I can record a lien for $42. What should I do?