property damage

Damages were done to our home.  The guy had no auto insurance and is responable but the work was done unauthorized while we were not home.  No contact was made regarding the estimate.  Is this legal , and what is the best way to handle this?

Asked on June 6, 2009 under Accident Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

L.M., Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Sorry, correction--the limit for small claims court is $10K for municipal court (Philadelphia) or $8K for District or Justice court outside of Philadelphia.

L.M., Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If the work was not done to your satisfaction, contact the responsible party and tell him so.  Whatever repairs need to be made, or if the work needs to be redone, get a couple of estimates and provide him with them.  If he doesn't respond, you can file suit either in small claims court (up to $15K) or state court if higher.


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