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Old 11-19-2010, 10:51 AM   #1
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I'm throwing this question out here in interest towards my client. I'm currently on a job that was butchered. Everything was done wrong or very poorly. I'm basically replacing all the exterior of this addition. Some sheathing, some framing, most trim, all siding, etc. The place is only 7 years old. Have any of you ever been in this position and had your client file a claim through the HIC program and get any money out of it? I keep telling my clients that they should look into this, but they are hesitant due to the legal fees they may take on. But, they are already paying thousands to have me do this work when it shouldn't be necessary on a 7 year old addition. Just wondering has anyone has gone through this or knows someone who has and what the outcome was? I did talk to the people at the HIC program and they were very little help. Thanks, Nick.

On a side note- the builder still has a current restricted construction supervisor license and HIC license. At the least they can file a complaint against his license. What this guy and his 1-2 man crew did is unbelievable. It like they didn't know what they were doing.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:07 AM   #2
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I'm throwing this question out here in interest towards my client. I'm currently on a job that was butchered. Everything was done wrong or very poorly. I'm basically replacing all the exterior of this addition. Some sheathing, some framing, most trim, all siding, etc. The place is only 7 years old. Have any of you ever been in this position and had your client file a claim through the HIC program and get any money out of it? I keep telling my clients that they should look into this, but they are hesitant due to the legal fees they may take on. But, they are already paying thousands to have me do this work when it shouldn't be necessary on a 7 year old addition. Just wondering has anyone has gone through this or knows someone who has and what the outcome was? I did talk to the people at the HIC program and they were very little help. Thanks, Nick.

On a side note- the builder still has a current restricted construction supervisor license and HIC license. At the least they can file a complaint against his license. What this guy and his 1-2 man crew did is unbelievable. It like they didn't know what they were doing.
That may be the direction to go. Go after the builder.....

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Old 11-19-2010, 11:47 AM   #3
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The so called HIC progam means nothing and for the most part does not work. Just another way for our state to tax us. The HO can try to collect but highly doubt full they will collect. When the program fist came around we were all for it, until our state was invaded by illegals who work anywhere anytime without permits or a license.
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I do not know anyone on either side that has had to go the HIC route. With that said, the HO would have had to already go through the courts/arbitration to try to collect against the original contractor before they can access the HIC program funds.

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My understanding is that the client has to take the contractor to court and the client has to lose the case. Then he/she can go after the fund for money. Doesn't make much sense and hopefully I'm wrong! I've instructed a few clients to go after the money while I'm repairing horrible mistakes that others have caused and not one has seen a penny with both my and building inspectors statements that the work was substandard.

Now that the state wants our $100 every year and the are not paying out to the people that the fund was set up for it boils my blood.....another form of taxation!

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