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Answered 2011-09-12 15:13:06

The question is not quite clear, however, I will try to provide an answer. I am assuming that you are the renter and you contracted with an unscrupulous contractor. Since the contract is between you and the contractor, you will not be able to lien the property to get your money back as the landlord was not part of the contract. There may be restrictions in your rental agreement that prevents any modifications to the property without the landlords consent. Provided that you have proof of payment and a formal written agreement, you may need to go to small claims court. In California, contractors are not allowed to take deposits over 10% or $1000 dollars, whichever is less. Depending upon how much you gave them as a down payment, there may be a legal violation that can be addressed also, depending upon the laws in your state.

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