A few years ago, I got a call from a guy who wanted to use a power company to install a new home on a residential property in Virginia.
As the guy and I walked into the property, I noticed that it was empty.
I explained to the owner that this was a contractor-owned property and that they would be doing work on the property for free, so there wasn’t anything to worry about.
The homeowner told me he would be installing a home on the home, and that I would need to go through a process to get a license.
“We will be using you to install the home,” the guy said.
I told him that was ridiculous.
The contractor-owner wanted to be paid for every work he did on the house, but they didn’t have the money to pay us.
They were asking me to work for free.
I could not do that.
“I will be paying you, and you will have to sign a contract,” the contractor- owner said.
That was the moment when I realized I was in trouble.
The company that I hired to do the work would be paying me a commission to do it.
They would be charging me $1,000 per day to work, which is more than twice the hourly rate paid to me by my local utility company.
I immediately called the state’s Department of Business Regulation, and they told me I would be required to pay an additional fee of $400.
I called the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Department for Economic Development, and I was told that I could contact my local utilities to negotiate a lower rate.
So I did.
I went to the Department of Enterprise Services and talked to the electric company to get the details of what was happening.
They told me that their contractor, who was paying me $500 a day, was being paid more than $2,500 a month.
So my monthly salary was not what I was asking for.
I said, “It’s not right.”
I then called the Virginia Public Service Commission, and it was there to help me with the matter.
They called the Department for Business Regulation to get in touch with the contractor to find out if I should be required under the Virginia Code to pay them an additional $400 a month, or if I was allowed to go to court to get my money back.
After a lot of back and forth, they sent a letter to me saying that I needed to pay a fine of $1 million if I did not agree to pay it.
I had a very hard time making the case that I was not paying my fair share of taxes, but I told the commission that if they did not want to take a position on the issue, I would file a lawsuit in court to try to get it overturned.
The case is pending.
I was very angry at the time, but that’s how I feel now.
I was going to try a different path.
When I found out about the situation with the electrical contractor, I immediately contacted the Virginia Department of Economic Development and the state agency that regulates utilities, to see if they could do anything to help.
My lawyer called the Office of the Attorney General and said, in the past, they had had some problems with contractors, but this time, the problems were more serious.
He said that this time it was really serious.
This was the first time they had called me in as a consumer to talk about the issues I was having with a contractor, and there were serious concerns about whether they were legally obligated to pay me money.
So we called the Public Service Board, and the board’s chairman told me to call them.
I did that and talked with the PSC’s chief of staff, who told me the board was not interested in taking any action because they were not legally obligated.
They had already reached out to the utility company to see how it was going, and their lawyer told me they had been in touch.
That is what I learned the next day.
After we called them back, they said, we have to go back to court.
They wanted to talk to me to try and resolve the situation.
They also told me there were two other cases out there that were going on that involved similar issues.
The first case involved a contractor who was getting a loan from a credit union.
That contractor was paying the credit union to do work on a property that was not his, but the credit card company wanted to pay him for the work he was doing.
The credit card companies said, OK, that’s fine.
We don’t need to worry, we can just pay you to do your work.
The second case involved two contractors who were getting loans from different companies.
The contractors were trying to get work done on a home.
The owner of the property was being sued by a builder who was building on the site, and he wanted the contractor paid.
The builder said, I can’t afford