need reimburs frm botched (by Laker Lori [CA]) Mar 25, 2019 11:41 AM|
need reimburs frm botched (by Moshe [CA]) Mar 25, 2019 11:57 AM
need reimburs frm botched (by Frank [NJ]) Mar 25, 2019 12:20 PM
need reimburs frm botched (by Jim in O C [CA]) Mar 25, 2019 12:48 PM
need reimburs frm botched (by RB [MI]) Mar 25, 2019 2:12 PM
need reimburs frm botched (by Moshe [CA]) Mar 25, 2019 2:24 PM
need reimburs frm botched (by Laker Lori [CA]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2019 11:41 AM
During small Yucca tree removal this co broke a hole in galvanized T-pipe flush at the cement footing of the bldg. There was no access to put a cap. The best & only real plumbing option was making holes in in the building & having the pipe go vertically along the outside= $3k. The tree co is of course ignoring my texts about the bill & wanting to resolve this amicably. I even said that if it was handled maturely I wouldn't write any bad online reviews (the guy has great Yelp reviews). I'm ready to write the check to the plumbing co. Any ideas for securing some reimbursement w/out doing Small Claims?
need reimburs frm botched (by Moshe [CA]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2019 11:57 AM
I myself never found Small Claims Court to be an undesirable approach. In CA, its really quite easy, cheap and straightforward.
I don't know where you are in CA, but in Los Angeles County, the courts operate very reasonably, Robert J's experience notwithstanding.
My advice would be to demand a Judge, not to settle for some kind of temporary judge like a Judge Pro Tem or even a Commissioner. In some Courthouses, Small Claims cases are generally handled by Commissioners who have held the job for a very long time (years & years & years) and are very experienced, but not all Courthouses have that attribute.
I would also advise that what you need to concentrate on is whether the law REALLY entitles you to reimbursement from the tree co, as well as proof of what happened.
need reimburs frm botched (by Frank [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2019 12:20 PM
From past SC Court experience[s] I would get [at the very least] a written report from a licensed professional plumber or estimator as to the cause & costs to fix the issue.
do your best to get this pro to be able to represent you in Court as a witness.
all these costs [at least here in NJ] were recoverable as costs of the suit.
Start with a demand letter to the Contractor sent via Certified Mail with a Return Receipt. Stop phone calls. Put all from now on in writing.
Good luck --74.105.xxx.xxx
need reimburs frm botched (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2019 12:48 PM
Contact the contractors licensing board in Sacramento. This wakes up a contractor who chooses to ignore a problem. A friend just did that and the contractor settled the claim once his license was in jeopardy. --99.23.xxx.x
need reimburs frm botched (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2019 2:12 PM
Right on, Jim in O C.
need reimburs frm botched (by Moshe [CA]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2019 2:24 PM
Jim(OC)'s advice is good, in principle.
Do you have a contract with the tree co?