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I recently was looking to get some work done on my roof.  I called several companies trying to get quotes and other information about best possible solution as I am a roofing novice.  The company in question stated they would get someone to the house in a couple of days to do look at the roof and give me an estimate.  

When I get home after work of the day they were supposed to do the estimate I noticed they had already completed the work I was inquiring about without any work order or authorization.

I contacted the company expressing my dissatisfaction with this practice and was checking to see what they would do to compensate the situation.  The response I received was that I got the work I was looking for and am subject to pay full cost or they will come back and undo all of the work they had previously done.

I was just wondering what rights I have seeing as they did the work without any consent and are looking at coming back and tearing up the already done work since I won't pay for the work I did not authorize.

Dear Lee,

Thank you for your question.

I am not familiar with the law in your state - I actually live halfway accross the globe, hence you may need to contact a locasl lawyer.

But at a first glance, based on provided information, you did not consented for them to do any work and you did not accept any financial offer, hence you should not be liable to pay.

Secondly, it looks to me, they have entered your property without hour permission, that`s trespassingand they seem tk be willing to do it again!

As such, I believe you might even sue them for that.

Hope that helps.

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