Legal Help When Contractors Dispute Home Improvement Costs

Massachusetts has a specific consumer protection statute and program designed to remedy disputes between owners and home improvement contractors. The Law Offices of Richard Mucci is experienced representing both owners and contractors in Middlesex County and Woburn County in these disputes.

Understanding Your Rights Under The Home Improvement Contractor Law

The law is designed to provide consumers protections and remedies based on the high occurrences of default by home improvement contractors. There are strict guidelines for contractors to follow when conducting business with consumers and any violation of these is considered an automatic violation of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act.

The Home Improvement Contractor Act has specific contractual provisions that must be included in contracts between homeowners and contractors, and any work costing more than $1,000 must be in writing.

Additionally, the law prohibits certain acts by contractors such as:

  • Operating without a certificate of registration
  • Abandoning a project
  • Deviating from the plans or specifications without owner's consent
  • Failing to properly credit payments to the homeowners
  • Making a misrepresentation to procure a job
  • Requiring excessive deposits for work
  • Contracting beyond the scope of registration

Experienced With The Home Improvement Contractor Act

Home improvement contractor dispute claims and alleged violations are to be taken seriously, as owners can be awarded up to three times the amount of damages plus attorney's fees for violations of the Home Improvement Contractor Act.

Aggrieved owners have two options to seek relief: a court claim or participate in the expedited government-run arbitration program. Different circumstances dictate which is the best course of action. Attorney Richard Mucci gives homeowners personalized attention to determine the best legal strategy.

Conversely, his understanding of the intricacies of the Home Improvement Contractor Act allows him to devise an individualized strategy for any contractor confronted with alleged violations. He has a comprehensive network of construction, engineering and architectural experts who can assist in investigating and testifying in these disputes.

Let Us Ease The Stress Of Your Home Improvement Dispute | Act Fast For The Best Results

Contact Richard Mucci online or call us at 781-369-9222 today if you are a homeowner or contractor embroiled in a dispute over home improvement repairs.

Additionally, before a dispute arises, contact Mr. Mucci, an experienced construction law lawyer to ensure that you are in the best position possible before a serious, potentially damaging disagreement occurs. We'll schedule an initial consultation in our Winchester, Massachusetts, office.