Two competitors in the furnace business are working together to collect unpaid bills from a real estate company. The contractors each installed a new, $2300 heating unit in foreclosed homes resold by Dundee Realty. Months after closing both claim they haven’t been paid.
Jason Wortman of Comfort Works said, “I talked to the real estate commission and there's not a whole lot they can do to help us. They can’t force them to pay.”
Bill Clayborn of Jackson heating and Air said, “As a small business owner you take it personally. It was a handshake of faith.”
Six on your side contacted Dick Weiner of Dundee Realty. He said, “We've hit hard times but we’re not running from our obligations. We know we owe them and will take care of them.”
For Jason Wortman it’s been a lesson in the legal system. First he went to small claims court and won a $2,300 judgment. Jason said he has yet to collect a dime. He’s also filed a lien on the Dundee Realty building near 46th and Dodge in Omaha.
Greg Lemon of the Nebraska Real Estate Commission said the contractors can file a complaint that the commission will review. However he said, “It’s a borderline situation that may not fall under the state real estate license act.”
Both contractors said going unpaid for a furnace won’t break them. But it makes them less trusting when installing on a handshake with no money down.