I have a question to see if anyone has had this happen.
I received a complaint about job done 500 miles from my home. This job was
not done my me, yet the homeowner swears it was done by me. The homeowner
says the workmanship is bad and things were not done correctly, etc. The
homeowner has no contract and no cancelled check, etc. to show that I was
ever there or entered into a contract or got paid or anything else. How she
got my name and number. who knows? I got a call from the license board and
they were pushing me to go and fix things, etc. without even knowing if I
was ever even there. The homeowner has no proof I was there, NOTHING yet the
board is telling me to go fix whatever is wrong. What can I do? It is real
tough to prove I wasn't somewhere.
Not really. Show them receipts from the project you were working on,
have the board contact the homeowner from the project you were working
on, etc. You could also hire a lawyer to fire off a slander/libel
letter to the homeowner and copy the board. The second alternative is
more likely to cost you money.
I'd go with the libel/slander suit without prior written warning. A
personal phone call should be the only precursor to determine her motive,
assuming this person does not know you to begin with. Then, just keep
Filing suit costs money. I think the OP's idea is to not spend money
and time on something that isn't his fault/problem.
The phone call is okay, but I'd just send a certified letter that this
case of mistaken identity and erroneous charges, if continued,
constitutes harassment and possibly libel and slander, and, if the
mistaken owner doesn't rectify the situation, drop the case and notify
all parties of their error, that a law suit will be filed seeking
damages. At the bottom of the letter append:
cc: J. Thomas Hastings, Esq.
On the other hand, we have only heard one side of the story. I
suppose it is not impossible that someone let someone else use their
company name for a permit, and the other someone didn't do right by
someone. In that event the proper course is the same - a phone call
or letter to find out the source of the homeowner's error.
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