Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-10-2012, 10:08 PM
cutman2000's Avatar
cutman2000 cutman2000 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 190
HOA Supervisor wont pay

I made arrangements to do a pro bono job, plus a money job(lot clearing), for a woman that is spoke person of the HOA. We discuss this over numerous emails in detail. She mentioned the price she'd pay for the money job in the emails and asked that I get started right away. Well, after I completed the money job(lot clearing) and the pro bono job, she stopped responding to my emails. There is no contract. She sent a contract via email earlier, but I made a few changes and she agreed. I signed it, and emailed the new contract back to her, she said she'd send it back signed. I went ahead and started the jobs before getting the contract back, and she never sent it back. But I do have the emails of her asking me to start with a promised amount. Can I do anything?
__________________
Ford F150 ex cab
12x6 Trailer
5x8 Trailer
(1) Zero Turn
(2) Husqvarna Packpack Blower
(2) Stihl stick edger
(1) walk behind edger
(5) weedeaters
(3) handheld blower
(4) walk behind mowers
(1) attachable aerator
(2) 22" Husqvarna hedge trimmer
(1) college degree
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-10-2012, 10:14 PM
ReddensLawnCare ReddensLawnCare is online now
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 1,468
Yes. They will hold up in court. Ask yourself though in the busiest time of the year is it really worth it
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-11-2012, 11:54 AM
Dr.NewEarth Dr.NewEarth is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Vancouver Canada
Posts: 1,406
Some property managers are such narcissistic jerks. They search out smaller and newer companies that aren't aware of the laws and rip them off continually.

This happens alot at the beginning of the season when the landscaper has little or no extra money or time to throw away on court costs.

They expect that most of us will walk away. Then the manager looks like they are doing a fantastic job, and saving the HOA money.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-11-2012, 11:57 AM
Dr.NewEarth Dr.NewEarth is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Vancouver Canada
Posts: 1,406
By the way, Please Don't do Pro Bono Work.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-11-2012, 12:27 PM
cutman2000's Avatar
cutman2000 cutman2000 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 190
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr.NewEarth View Post
By the way, Please Don't do Pro Bono Work.
Should I walk away?
__________________
Ford F150 ex cab
12x6 Trailer
5x8 Trailer
(1) Zero Turn
(2) Husqvarna Packpack Blower
(2) Stihl stick edger
(1) walk behind edger
(5) weedeaters
(3) handheld blower
(4) walk behind mowers
(1) attachable aerator
(2) 22" Husqvarna hedge trimmer
(1) college degree
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-11-2012, 01:41 PM
Weekend cut easymoney Weekend cut easymoney is online now
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Texas-The Hilly part
Posts: 3,164
don't give up

-bill them via a certified letter and get a return reciept and make sure to include your payments terms and late fees that will apply if not paid by a certian date-
also include a short letter on your letterhead telling them that you completed the work as discussed (state what was agreed to be done) and agreed to on (whatever date) by (state the person's name).
-bill them each week with a certified letter and on the second attempt tell them that you will be turning the collection over to an attorney and they will be liable for the attorney's fees as well as the invoiced amounts and late fees-

Many people will also tell you to go file a 'mechanics lien' right away-your county courthouse can help with this-
__________________
1989 BlueChevy 1500 Extended cab with FULL bed
1978 7ft Sears cargo trailer with added wood inserts to hold both my weedeaters
3 1976-83 vintage lawnboy lawnmowers with full self propel features as well as mulch kits
2 Sears electric weedeaters
1 green machine electric leaf blower
1 sears articulating hedge trimmer-electric
2 50ft power cords
3 Leaf rakes
1 shovel
1 pocket knife
cooler for beer
lawn chair to enjoy a beer while I wait for the cash to be handed to me
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-11-2012, 07:51 PM
LindblomRJ's Avatar
LindblomRJ LindblomRJ is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota
Posts: 2,577
Get your money. Until you're paid no work. And I'd walk away anyway. No pay, no service.
__________________
Ryan
Spring Creek Lawn & Landscape

Veritas and æquitas
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-13-2012, 09:43 PM
Bunton Guy's Avatar
Bunton Guy Bunton Guy is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: charlotte nc
Posts: 1,611
If someone is taking money out of my families mouth I would have no problem walking up to her door step at 5:00PM and knocking on the door to ask if I can trade her my invoice for one of her checks!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-13-2012, 10:14 PM
Landscape Poet's Avatar
Landscape Poet Landscape Poet is offline
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oviedo/Orlando
Posts: 3,440
Attend the next HOA meeting with emails in hand if nothing else works. I have a feeling the threat of being "exposed" may make this type of person pay up so they do not lose the perception of their control in the community. Not many would want someone who fails to pay bills in charge of their HOA.
__________________
"the art of survival is a story that never ends"

Providing Lawn Services, Landscape Installations and Solutions and Sod Services in the Oviedo Florida Market

If you aspire to a six-figure income, don't get advice from someone making $18,000 a year!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-14-2012, 05:43 AM
ReddensLawnCare ReddensLawnCare is online now
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 1,468
That's actually a really good idea
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
contract , hoa , owe

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.com™ - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:45 PM.

Page generated in 0.07878 seconds with 7 queries