Can I back out of a construction contract?

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Can I back out of a construction contract?

I have just been cheated by a constructor today. He conned me, with my added ignorance, to signing a contract when I only said for an estimate. He even predates the estimate to make it seem like I signed it 5 days ago. Now I am not the owner of the house my mother is. Is there anyway I can legally back out of this contract?

Asked on December 15, 2011 under Real Estate Law, New York

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

From what you have written, it seems that you need to sit down with an attorney that practices construction law to review the documents that you signed with the contractor for the work of improvement on your mother's home. If there was fraud in the inducement of the contract that you entered into by the contractor, the fraud can be a basis for cancelling it.

Another option is for your to contact your state's contractor's licensing board to see if a complaint against the contractor you are writing about is warranted. This entity regulates licensed contractors in your state and fields consumer complaints against them.


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