Member says Tampa contractor bailed on room addition
I hired RFH Construction Consultants of Tampa, Fla., to build a room addition, and signed a contract for $28,000. I made three separate deposits totaling more than $10,000 before the building permits were issued on a contract that states the job was to be completed within 70 days of the date of the building permits. I made additional payments of $14,000 and agreed to purchase some materials after the contractor said he didn’t have money to complete the job. The room is enclosed, but the ceiling is off 1.5 inches and the contractor says he has no money to complete the job. It was later determined that the cement floor was not level and the inspections from the building department show red flags on three separate occasions.
The contractor later met me at the house and I agreed to buy some insulation, and he hired someone to install. But the contractor has not returned my calls and I canceled the contract by letter and certified letter, which was returned, and notified the building department. I had to hire a new contractor to complete the job. I paid a total of $48,500 for the job, including RFH and the new contractor. I want a refund of $14,000.
Patrick Seggerman, Sun City Center, Fla.
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