CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - What could a subcontractor doing work for a builder have to do with the final cost of a job to you? Plenty.
Andrew Fogo was doing work for re-modeler Tom Cutura, the homeowner paid Cutura in advance for a stump grinding job.
Fogo was never paid for his work, and he has his email chain with Cutura to prove it.
“The job was done on November 11th of 2018 and here we are in 2019, months later.” said Fogo.
If he chooses, he can go after the homeowner by putting a mechanics lean on the property until he’s paid, or sue Cutura.
“The Attorney General is there for the consumer, and frankly, I’m the contractor.” Fogo wonders why he has so few options in Ohio?
In effect, unless Cutura settles up, the homeowner is on the hook for the grinding bill.
It also serves as a warning for sub contractors to use caution, to stay out of the same mess of doing work and then not getting paid.
So the examples we’ve profiled in other similar stories make a simple but important point. You’re trusting your contractor to be the middle man with your money and pay for materials.
If he doesn’t do it you could be on the hook.
In any job, whether you’re the homeowner or subcontractor you’re putting a lot of money in a strangers hands and there’s not a lot of help out there for you.
The Attorney General’s Office will take complaints as they have in the cases we’ve profiled, but by law until action is taken, the facts developed under an investigation are not public.
That can be frustrating for those who make complaints.