I have a very similar experience like Aleks and Chris with Unique Basements (Paul A.). Unfortunately, I wasn’t lucky as they are, since I have lost more money and my basement is still unfinished.
We have agreed him to finish our basement and do some additional work at home. He said all the work will be finished no later than 6 weeks. His subcontractors started to work and we made our payments according to the schedule. However after 3rd payment he started to blame his subcontractors for asking more money and told us they messed up all the projects he was working. I haven’t seen him doing any work by himself. During that time we couldn’t reach him since he had only cell phones and we could only leave messages. He was calling us anytime he wants and sending subcontractors here and there.
After we made a significant payment as scheduled, he supposed to bring the floor, doors and trims. At that time he started to give excuses about delays and was still blaming the subcontractors. We also lost contact with him and he did not return any of our messages. I decided to open a file in Better Business Bureau asking him to complete the work as he promised. I also went to his home and talked to a gentleman which was his father or father-in-law. Then finally he called us back and promised to continue the work giving more excuses. Once he received a notice from Better Business Bureau, he started to blame us that we screwed his reputation and refused to talk. He also mentioned that he is in financial jeopardy and may consider to go bankrupt. He never responded to Better Business Bureau as far as I know.
I have contacted the subcontractors that he blamed and they told me that he has many customers which were almost in similar situation like us. I have contacted one of them and all of a sudden Paul called me back telling that he will finish the work again. This was only trying to gain more time to settle with other customer who wanted to pursue legal action for a relatively small amount. After he settled the account with this customer he disappeared again. I have sent him a final notice asking him to finish the job with 13 days. He did not respond this notice at all and I am now assigning the job to somebody else. Of course I will pursue legal action against him, since I have to pay more than the original contract amount. As of yesterday it was almost 2,5 months since the work started. I am trying to figure out my damage to start legal action.
I am trying to reach more customers like me, since I consider this practice as deceptive, misleading even fraud. I couldn’t find email of Aleks and Chris, however you guys can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also not sure validity of the references below since one of them refers to his home address and phones are not working anymore.
As a summary, do not even work with him. I totally agree with everything Aleks and Chris said. I have also found issues regarding the quality of the work which he assigned to other subcontractors .He may try to change his company name which he already did before. His name is Amritpal Khipal Singh and there is a file in Better Business Bureau already on Unique Basements.