commercial account help! they dobt want to pay

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by GreenscapesWV, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. GreenscapesWV

    GreenscapesWV LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Basically they owe me for services totally up to $16, 210.00 for four different properties. They are managed by professional properties management in Rockford Illinois. I sent them several invoices and every time I talked to them they stated they was list or never received. I quit doing the properties because I wasn't getting paid. I received a letter for the accounts payable dept stating I just needs to update the invoice and they would get mw a check. After send the info they requested I never received a check. So I got my lawyer to contact them with calls and certified letter they reply back this week with a local lawyer stating they are only willing to pay 5500 of the invoice and that was their third offer and final. My lawyer says we can go to court but moat likely I would be stuck with the lawyer and court fees totaling around 4000 to 6000$ where that had to be paid up front and he expects the process to take about 8 months. I have a few witnesses that worked with me and some signatures and letters from the main office. Have any of you Guysa been in this situation before if so please give some advice. My lawyer dis say it Ian possible to get the court and attorney fees out of them but slim because they will argue I breached the contract...
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  2. GreenscapesWV

    GreenscapesWV LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Ps they have owed me for 12 months before I went to my lawyer and he sent them a letter and called them
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  3. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    No encouragement here. But thanks for the post. It reinforces my policy to never deal with property management companies.
  4. ddobson

    ddobson LawnSite Member
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    Messages: 8

    Write a fact based online review on their google listing or Twitter account (if they have one). At least you can warn the next guy and possibly the potential bad publicity will get them motivated.
  5. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do you have a signed contract?
  6. krzys555

    krzys555 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    can you post the contract, or pm it.
    somewhere in the contract it should state when they are suppose to pay you 30, 60, or 90 days net.
    by you waiting so long i take it you stopped service at the end of the season.

    if you go to court and win, they have to pay your lawyer fees. I had 2 situations like that but about 10k each not 16. they also offered a low ball offer at first with the first letter. they came back pleading with a signed check for the full amount plus extra when the sheriff delivered the notice to them that they were being sued.
  7. Crimson Lawn

    Crimson Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    Get all your documents, sworn statements and invoices with all of yours and their letters and file or put a lein on their assests for the amount owed plus intrest. It may take a while but it will pay off. They cannot do(depending on the state laws) certain types of business transactions til that lein is satisfied.
    Plus they will get a notice that you have placed a lein on them and I bet, unless they are going bankrupt, they will pay up.
  8. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
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    Ditto if it can be done. Lawyer should be able to find out.
  9. H & M Yard Improvements

    H & M Yard Improvements LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    I'm so glad I only do residential properties! It seems like commercial properties can be too much of a PITA at times! Especially when it comes time to pay up!
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  10. GreenscapesWV

    GreenscapesWV LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I have signed bid approvals from their general manager that states payment and late fees. If check not received within 45 days then 10% LATE IS ADDED. What kind of lien? And how much does it cost. Before I threatened them with legal action they kept saying we are going to pay we just need additional information blah blah blah... then never sent the check. The letter I sent them stating I was going to consult my lawyer was sent then they would just hang up the phone on me etc trying to say services was not provided properly in the spring mowing.
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