I have been waiting patiently for Fitzpatrick Construction in
Elizabethtown to come back to my property to finish a roofing job they
started and never finished. I blogged about it at
http://www.freelandlordsoftware.com/Public_Weblog_Default.aspx . I have
received two responses so far. Unfortunately I trusted this guy and
paid him the balance and now he won't come back to finish the job.
Apparently I'm not the only one Rob Fitzpatrick has screwed over.
Lesson learned, Fitzpatrick Construction is not to be trusted.
Apparently two months isn't enough time for them to put a new roof on
an area of about 300 square feet.
never pay anyone till the job is complete.
now call local tv statrions and newspapers, and tell the thief he has
5 days or they are doing a story on him that will put him out of
also call the police, its theft they will stop and discuss things with
I agree it was a mistake to make the final payment before the job was
complete. I would be surprised, however, if the police do much. 2
months seems reasonable and I'm sure the contractor will just say he's
busy, it's on the list and he'll finish it up. While it may not be a
bad idea to get something on file with the local PD, I'd suspect you'd
have better luck dealing directly with the contractor. If he tells
you flat out he won't finish the job, a call to the police may be
I also agree with the poster that said to get it covered up in the
mean time. If you are not able to get up there and get a tarp secured
over it, hire someone that is. Good luck, please let us know how this
pans out, especially what the police say and do if you decide to call
Welcome to the real word. Rob won't come back unless you make him so
make your complaints, as the others have said to anyone who will
listen. It doesn't make any sense to wait around for Rob, however.
He may never come back. In the meantime, someone needs to get up
there right away to either finish the job or even just cover with a
tarp. Some contractors just change the name of the company and start
over when thing get too hairy.
Check with your local authorities. Most areas have some regulation on
contractors. See what protection you may, or may not have in this
situation. In some areas this can end up in small claims court or you may
need legal representation . Good Luck
Put in a call to your insurance company. If your property suffers water
Me? I'd get someone else to finish the job and sue the original contractor
in small claims court. First, however, I'd get my evidence lined up -
certified letters and the like.
Because this "contractor" needs his van, tools and driver's license to ply
his trade (i.e., rip off the unsuspecting), the sheriff can't seize any of
it. Those are the only things in his name. The sheriff told me that this guy
makes a good living and he's sued about once a month. He takes the deposit,
spends about 2 days doing the demo, and then splits, never to be heard from
again. I can't believe that he's allowed to keep the "tools of his trade"
when, clearly, his "trade" is grifting. He's a "traveler" who doesn't
travel. He just changes his business name every few months, and he's all
had a similar problem back when i was young and dumb. police and
county attourney said it was a crime,but didnt want to mess with it. i
finally requested to present my case myself to a grand jury, a right we
all have,. they indicted him and i got my money back after we got him in
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