Originally Posted By: vmitchinson
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I know collect the money first
Welll I booked the inspection and the client wanted it the next day but was working so could not attend. Did the inspection printed the report and met the client the next day presented the report Asked for payment but would not pay unless I agreed to return and check that the defects were repaired. Tried to explain that I had compledted my work and that returning was extra. Left site with report. Call from buyer next day begging me to give them the report. Gave in and let them have report on the promise that they wold pay me after I had inspected the defect repairs.
Yea I know Should not have gave up report. Anyway The possession date passed and no call to inspect repairs. I then filed a bulders lien on the property as client bought the property. Land titles is 2 weeks behind so on the 15th day after filing the lien, client’s lawyer phoned, spit and sputtered that it was illagle to file a lien for an inspection and he could take me to court to have it removed. He them said that he would pay the fee to save time. I picked up a cheque issued by the lawyer an hour later.
Now the questions.
Has anyone ever filed a bilders lien when a buyer did not pay?
What happened? Did you get paid?
What other reactions were there?
Is it legal to file a builders lien for payment for an inspection?
Land titles says it is and filed the lien for me but the lawyer says it's not.
I tend to believe the land title's chap and believe it's just sour grapes on the part of the lawyer.
Legal or not I got my money.
The lesson here is I will not ever do another inspection unless the client signs the contract before I enter the property.