We hired a landscape person to do the front/backyard of our new house. He has no landscaping license. The contract (with signatures) clearly indicates the expected completion date (3/7/2006) and the total cost ($33000) of the project. However, until today (4/17/2006), I would say only 50% of the job is done, but we have already paid him the full amount ($33000). In addition, the landscape person even asked for more money ($3000) when we made the last payment eventhough we stated on the contract that "no extra cost can be added during the project". We paid the extra anyway since we didn't want the project to be delayed. So we have already paid him $36000.
Now, the landscape person hasn't showed up for a week already. My wife and I are thinking of bringing this case to the court. With the written contract and the physical unfinished job, do you think this is a correct approach? Please advise.
We are living in Southern California. If we bring it to the court, how much do you think we can fight back? How much would the attorny fee be approximately?
Thanks in advance!