If I had a contract on film to remodel a kitchen but once the job was done the owner refused to pay me, what can be done?

I am owed $2,200 for a kitchen remodel. There is no evidence of bad workmanship or

damage. The owner is refusing to pay me.

Asked on April 7, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Your recourse is to sue the homeowner for breach of contract--the obligation or agreement, whether oral or written, under which you would do work in exchange for payment. To win the suit, you would show that you did the work; the owner may try to defend by claiming bad work or that you didn't follow the agreed-upon plan or specifications, and you'd then have the chance to refute that claim. For the amount of money you describe, suing in small claims court is a good option. If your business was an LLC or corporation, you'd need to hire an attorney; but if it was not an LLC or corporation, you could represent yourself "pro se" to save on legal fees.


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