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Contractor did work with unsigned contract, lied about being licensed/insured

Hi, we recently had a contractor do some work for us in a condo governed by strata bylaws. We made it clear from the beginning that, as per our bylaws, we could only hire a licensed/insured contractor. When he quoted, he did so using a company name/website/etc and said he was licensed/insured, but after doing part of the work, all of sudden his company email/website disappeared. We asked him about this and he said that his business partner moved away, that the company is now dissolved, and that he is no longer licensed/insured. We told him he could no longer finish the work because of this, as per the bylaws, and we are now concerned about being fined by our strata for breach of bylaws if they find out, or that they could make us hire a structural engineer to verify the structural integrity of the work because he was not a licensed professional, which we know strata has insisted upon before in similar cases.

So, we are wondering what recourse we have, if any. He misrepresented himself to us, an omission that lead us to hiring someone we would have otherwise not hired, and we are now financially vulnerable to additional costs (fines, cost of having a licensed professional like a structural engineer come out). Furthermore, we never actually had a signed contract with him… all he ever did was give us a quote, begin work, then give us an invoice. Nowhere did we, in writing, agree to a scope of work/payment/etc, and had we signed a contract, it would have a) been between a company that is now dissolved and b) have stipulated that he needed to be licensed/insured (as we verbally stipulated), something he would have broken. We would never have hired him had we known, when he started work, that he was unlicensed and uninsured.

We had paid him for just over half of what he asked for when we found out he lied to us, and we didn’t want to pay the rest of what he is asking for before getting legal advice, and seeing if we would be fined etc. He is now threatening to file a complaint with the employment act of BC (even though I don’t think he’d be considered an employee of ours, would he?). What should we do?

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