= [California] Guy painting our house isn't finishing the job and wants full amount of his quote =

This is a big learning lesson for my husband & I

Background:
Guy is painting neighbor's house and neighbor is happy

I asked the guy if we could get a quote on our house

Quote of $4800 is given. He says he'll throw in the decks and fence. So, I interpret ~$4800 for house, 2 decks, and fence
On the job:
He went and got paint and asked to be reimbursed, then said $4,800 did not include paint. I also wrote $1,200 check for labor (felt an internal red flag)

We helped to prep the house

He asks what color we want to do the trim, we said we weren't sure and we may leave it blue

His assistant blacked out/had an accident (really unsure of what happened) and there was blood everywhere in our yard and her teeth got knocked out. He didn't rush to get her helpit was such a confusing situation

Realized he's not a licensed CA contractor (yes, I feelnow)
Today
We tell him that we decided that we wanttrim and he was super grumpy and saying no he can't do it. We offer to help paint/prep and he's still acting like it's impossible

He says he has to be done by noon tomorrow because he has another job to do, but he hasn't even finished the house

He needs more paint to finish, so we write a check for paint and he leaves

We feel that this hasn't been a rough time and both my husband and I are stressed

16 hours has been worked

There's no written agreement

Conclusion He said he's not going to finish everything before he leaves and doesn't want to do thetrim. We've already paid $1,200 + cost of paint

We don't want to pay the remaining for it to not be done What are our options?
Can we just cut our losses in the morning and just say leave the paint, we're no longer using you to finish the job?

His assistant blacked out/had an accident (really unsure of what happened) and there was blood everywhere in our yard and her teeth got knocked out. He didn't rush to get her helpit was such a confusing situation

I would be more concerned about this. What thehappened and is she going tosince she was on your property? This is a pretty big item to leave unexplained

This happened yesterday and I have a call out to an attorney, so hopefully we get someone lined up tomorrow on this front

It was a chaotic situation. I'm not 100% confident that whatever happened was an accident, so we had a sheriff come get a report. When he came back he said she had a seizure. The sheriff called back and said the woman said she has a history of blacking out

Can we just cut our losses in the morning and just say leave the paint, we're no longer using you to finish the job?
I would make sure he doesn't have access to the paint and tell him that his services are no longer required. You are not obligated to pay him anything

If you wish, you canhim for the $1200 in small claims court

You can also report that he is doing unlicensed work

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