You could also call the small claims court clerk's office, or go to a public law library or legal self-help center at your local courthouse. This image may not be used by other entities without the express written consent of wikiHow, Inc.
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\u00a9 2020 wikiHow, Inc. All rights reserved. We use cookies to make wikiHow great. If you can't afford the filing fee, ask the court clerk if you can apply for a fee waiver. Most licensing boards have online directories where you can quickly check the status of your contractor's license, or you can call the licensing office. Successfully represented unit owners in Somerset County against a developer, architect, general contractor and subcontractors for personal injury sustained by a family as a result of exposure to toxic mold caused by design and construction defects. wikiHow, Inc. is the copyright holder of this image under U.S. and international copyright laws. wikiHow, Inc. is the copyright holder of this image under U.S. and international copyright laws. The jurisdiction of the dispute may be defined in your contract but if it isn’t, you can file in the county where your contractor is located, where you live, or where the property is based. Attach any photos or documents that support your demands. This article focuses on legal remedies in the United States. This image is not<\/b> licensed under the Creative Commons license applied to text content and some other images posted to the wikiHow website. wikiHow, Inc. is the copyright holder of this image under U.S. and international copyright laws. In most cases, you can't get around this limitation by claiming less money than you're entitled to by law. This image is not<\/b> licensed under the Creative Commons license applied to text content and some other images posted to the wikiHow website. Small claims court is less formal than civil court, but you should still dress in neat, conservative clothing. These programs typically provide a low-cost alternative to resolving disputes outside the court system. This image may not be used by other entities without the express written consent of wikiHow, Inc.
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For example, suppose the contractor did work on your house that they promised was up to code. Jennifer reviews, fact-checks, and evaluates wikiHow's legal content to ensure thoroughness and accuracy. New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act is in place to protect consumers from fraud, deception and misrepresentation in consumer relations. However, there will still be rules you'll have to follow. Most homeowners and contractors sign legal contracts that specify the work that will be completed, the amount that will be paid for the work, and a time frame that gives a deadline for when the work should be completed. It may be called the county court or the district court. If the contractor violated a written contract, you typically have several years to file your lawsuit. Pull out the contract you signed with the contractor, which should contain the information you need. This image may not be used by other entities without the express written consent of wikiHow, Inc.
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\n<\/p><\/div>"}, https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/resource/what-to-do-if-you-are-not-satisfied-with-a-co, http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/small_claims/small_claims.pdf, http://www.courts.ca.gov/partners/documents/howto.pdf, http://www.lni.wa.gov/IPUB/625-088-000.pdf, http://litigation.findlaw.com/legal-system/federal-vs-state-courts-key-differences.html, http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Resources/GuidesAndPublications/MandatoryArbitrationGuide.pdf, https://www.mass.gov/service-details/determine-if-the-home-improvement-contractor-arbitration-program-is-right-for-you, consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. Two weeks from the date of receipt is typically sufficient. Later, your house failed inspection.

The rules for evidence typically are more relaxed than those you would encounter in court. The fee to have the documents served is typically around $20.
How can I make sure my contractor is doing what he or she should be doing once the project starts? The contractor uses any unconscionable commercial practice, deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise or misrepresentation in connection with the advertisement, sale or performance of his services; 2. The contractor was ordered to pay our counsel fees pursuant to the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act based on the contractor’s failure to have a written contract for the project. The law imposes some very strict requirements on anyone placing a construction lien on property. This image may not be used by other entities without the express written consent of wikiHow, Inc.
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