SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a lawsuit Monday against a Springfield home improvement contractor accused of failing to deliver promised services to consumers.
DeWine is now working to seek restitution from David D. Rose who ran All-Star Powerhouse Disciples Landscaping and Tree Service.
15 people filed complaints saying they paid for work that was not completed.
“Consumers gave this contractor thousands of dollars for work that was not performed as promised,” Attorney General DeWine said. “While we attempt to resolve these types of complaints out of court, when months go by with no resolution for consumers, we must seek justice through the court system.”
DeWine’s office offers this advice should you be looking for a contractor:
Check contractors’ reputations with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau.
Get written estimates from several contractors before making a final decision.
Get all promises in writing. Make sure the written contract includes the start date and end date and an itemized list of all costs and services.
Be wary if the contract requires a large down payment, such as half of the total cost, or requires that you write the check directly to the contractor instead of his or her company.
Keep in mind that door-to-door sales contractors are required to give you a three-day right to cancel and cannot begin the work until the three-day period ends.