Any kind of construction on a home is usually costly and time-consuming for both the homeowner and whomever you employ to do the work. For a property owner, keeping his or her house in good condition is important in protecting one of his or her biggest investments and helping maintain the resale value. On the flip side, if you are a contractor and the homeowner is unsatisfied with the work and refuses to pay, this can affect your livelihood because of the costs associated with your time, labor, the damage to your reputation, the materials used and the effort to resolve the dispute.
If you are a homeowner, contractor or subcontractor and are engaged in a dispute concerning any kind of home improvement work, Chapter 142A of the general laws of Massachusetts governs these issues. At Frisoli Law Office, our construction law attorneys Carol and Lawrence Frisoli know how to interpret these laws and regulations to effectively help end any kind of conflict, including:
- Changes in the work not stipulated in the original contract
- Billing disagreements
- Defects in the work performed
- Disagreements about materials used
- Misrepresentation by a contractor or subcontractor about credentials, licensing or quality of services he or she is able to provide
Massachusetts Construction and Bankruptcy Lawyers Handling Home Improvement Statute Disputes
Under this law, contractors are required to register their license with the state. You must follow a certain contract form that states the specific home improvement work that will be performed on the property. At Frisoli Law Office, our construction lawyers can make sure you are in compliance with all the laws' provisions to help avoid any type of dispute from arising. However, if any of the above disagreements do occur, we can see if you have any available defenses using this law, and we will negotiate a fair resolution.
Likewise, if you are a homeowner and any of these problems occur, we can try to negotiate a fair resolution that may involve a reduction in the overall costs of the project, or any other appropriate way to rectify the situation. We will determine if the contractor complied with the Home Improvement Act, if there was a breach of contract and what damages you may be entitled to. Sometimes, the acts of a contractor are violations of the Massachusetts' Consumer Protection Act, and this may cause us to seek treble, or multiple, compensation damages to be awarded by the judge, as well as attorney's fees.
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Our experience and skill representing both sides of construction law disputes allow us to understand the strategy that the opposing side may use. This helps you and us when it comes to exploring every possible solution, as well as how to prepare for trial if litigation should become necessary. We are here to use our knowledge to your advantage. We will inform you of your property rights. Contact our Littleton law firm today to schedule a no-cost consultation if you have a home improvement dispute and need an experienced lawyer on your side.