Contractor rents stole money can i put a lien on landlords property to get my down payment money back?
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.