I originally contracted with RRS Contracting back in March of 2006 to redo the stairs in my home. They started work in April of 2006. My first payment was $1, 050.00 (in cash) March 25th/06. The second payment was May 3rd/06 for $2, 100.00. balance owing to them was $1, 000.00 but weeks would go by and the job never got finished and they made a complete mess of my home and made the stairs even worse then they were before they started. Always contacted Joe Ricuppero and he would make one excuse after another. This continued until Sept. 2006 where Joe said that I should find another tradesman to finish the job.
I contacted the BBB and have reported him but to no avail. I did find a tradesman to correct all the errors RRS made and finish my stairs. I contacted Joe Ricuppero and he agreed (I have emails on all this) that he would pay me the difference it would cost me out of pocket over and above what the original contract with RRS was. I had to pay the other tradesman $2, 800.00 to finish the job correctly. I submitted an invoice to Joe Ricuppero of RRS on March 16th, 2007 for the amount of $1, 800.00 that he owes me as he agreed along with a copy of the receipts. He said that before he would pay me I had to sign an Agreement of Release to which I did and mailed to him May 15th, 2007.
I've kept in contact with the BBB but to no avail, I've received promises after promises and excuses after excuses from Joe Ricuppero saying that he'd get me the cheque or he'd drop it off. He did send me a cheque in the mail on November 23rd, 2007 for $1, 800.00 but of course when I deposited it came back. I contacted Joe and he apologized and said that he had actually closed that account and had forgotten. He said he'd get me a certified cheque A.S.A.P. He promised this to me before Christmas of 2007 but that never came. I've called many times and he's made excuses like I'll come by tonight or I'll drop it off in your mail box but he has never done so. I've contacted his office and his receptionist says she will have him paged and have him call me, but he never does.
It is now February 11th, 2008 and I'm still out $1, 800.00 that he owes me and it's not like I can forget this cause I desperately need that money. I'm at a loss and I don't know what to do anymore. I don't have the funds to take him to court or even the know how on how to go to small claims court.
I'm tired of this going on for 2 years now and I don't think a company like this should be allowed to do business. I've place a report on the www.homestars.com site to warn consumers but I need more help in dealing with the situation. Anything you can do for me would be greatly appreciated.