Member says Mount Dora painter didn’t complete work and left a mess

Member says Mount Dora painter didn’t complete work and left a mess

Member Complaint

I hired Michael Collins Painting of Mount Dora, Fla., to paint the exterior of my second house. I arrived at the house five days after they started and not much had been done.

Mr. Collins hit me up for more cash before I left. My mistake was telling him I was going to bring cash.

I received several texts the following week about the job, but the most unsettling thing was when he requested the final payment prior to completion of the job. He led me to believe he’d be done soon, and I foolishly deposited the remainder of the money. My mistake!

After various attempts to get in contact with him, he finally told me he was dealing with a personal emergency. He then stated that he was aggravated with me. I asked him to call me when the job was complete, and I still haven’t heard from him.

He still has a key to my home, so I had to change my locks. He left all kinds of trash in the garage, including old painting tarps and many empty paint cans.

Every piece of dirty weatherstripping from the interior doors was laying on my brand-new carpet. The trim paint, which is dark green, is all over the doors’ hardware.

I would like to be refunded for what I had to pay to change my locks — $147.

Dina Rains, Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Status

Penalty Box

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