Similar experiences to previous poster in Burlington. Paul Rivers was recommended to us by a friend and neighbour, for whom Rivers had built a deck, plus other work. Rivers quoted $1500.00 to $20,000 to renovate our basement in early 2011. As work proceeded he kept asking for more money, 3 times saying that this would be the last request. One demand of $5000.00 came just before Xmas 2011, which thinking back was just before his girlfriend flew to the Philippines, on a family visit. I believe I was paying for her trip, and not for legitimate work done. When I balked at paying him more (we had paid him over $40,000.00) he became extremely unpleasant and vindictive. In the later stages of the renovation he was living in the basement, rent-free until Jan 2012, as we had agreed at the start of the reno's. He paid rent for Jan 2012, then refused to pay more. In an attempt to get us to pay more, he called in the city building inspector, hoping that the inspector would force us to pay more to finish off the reno's. Instead the inspector declared that the basement apartment was not legal, and the tenant had to leave. After this incident Rivers launched into a screaming fit at me one day in the street, calling me a "f****ing con-man, which was so abusive that the next door neighbour considered calling the police. He started indulging in extremely childish behaviour, such as leaving animal feces on our back deck, plus leaving the side gate to our back yard open, after we had politely asked him to keep it closed. When we closed the gate, he would hear the gate being closed, and come out of the apartment just to re-open the gate. He stopped this behaviour as soon as he realized that that we were video-recording his puerile behaviour. To get him evicted we took him to land-lord tenant court 3 times to get him out (unfortunately we had hired a paralegal that was not very competent). He managed to extend his stay by claiming that he was having surgery for melanoma, and that he would be bed-ridden for 2 weeks, Two days after the supposed surgery, he was up and about walking in the street. I am still not sure whether he truly had surgery, or the whole thing was just a hoax to get sympathy from the court. At the time I believed the story, but thinking back, Rivers has spoken so many untruths so many times that I am doubtful about anything he has said. After Rivers left the apartment, we found that a lot of work we had paid him for was not finished.
Rivers is a crook and a speaker of untruths (cannot use the l-word). He also shows signs of mental instability. He is a heavy pot smoker, and a pot dealer. Google "marijuana paranoia" - there is a strong link. He is an excellent actor, and can speak untruths with a completely straight face, making himself look like a victim.
Never deal with Paul Rivers - you will almost certainly get ripped off.
He has ripped off other people too, check out: