Contractor Took My Money and Ran

Contractor Took My Money and Ran

At JCMS, we’ve heard nightmare stories about home-improvement projects.  Maybe your contractor took your payment, didn’t do the work, and now keeps giving you excuses about why the work hasn’t started.  Maybe he won’t answer or return your calls at all.  Perhaps this has been going on for weeks. You might have thought about suing in Small Claims court, but first, maybe it’s a good time to try mediation.  You don’t need technical or legal knowledge, and you don’t have to get a lawyer. JCMS offers FREE mediation to Jefferson County citizens and businesses.  Mediation is a good way to discuss a dispute reasonably, with a neutral third party (a mediator) to facilitate the conversation.  The mediators won’t tell you what to do, give legal advice, or say who is right or wrong, but they are trained to help people with disagreements to work together to find a resolution, instead of having a shouting match.  You won’t lose any legal rights – if you can’t come to an agreement in mediation, you can still take your case to court.  For more information on mediation, go to our website at www.JeffcoMediation.com, or call us at 303.271.5060. Para el Espanol,...

My Neighbors are Complaining About My Parties

At JCMS, we frequently hear people saying things such as: I like to have parties on the weekend, and I don’t think it’s that loud, but my neighbors call the cops on me! Yes, I have hot tub parties, and some people may be nude, but if the neighbors don’t want to see that, they don’t have to look! It’s not like my parties are any different from anyone else’s!  Why are they picking on me? Many folks have outside parties now and then, but when does it become intolerable for the people nearby?  How do I keep from upsetting my neighbors? First, it can help if you give your neighbors advance notice that you are planning to have a party. They may want to go somewhere else to avoid the noise.  You could invite them to come – at least it gives them a choice. Next, it’s good to tell them what time the party will start, and what time you expect it to end (obviously, you don’t always know an exact ending time).  Consider moving the festivities indoors after 10:00 or 11:00 in the evening, and think about turning down the stereo at that time (a loud, thumping bass is a common source of complaints). If you have parties on a regular basis, it’s likely that some of your neighbors will begin to object, unless you stick to a noise curfew, and try to make sure that your guests aren’t too rowdy.  Of course, “rowdy” may not mean the same thing to you as it does to your neighbors, so try to be aware of what those...

Are Your Neighbors’ Outdoor Parties Too Loud?

At JCMS, we frequently hear people saying things such as: It seems like they have a big party every weekend, and it can go on until 2:00 in the morning! They have hot tub parties, and sometimes they parade around naked where the whole neighborhood can see them! They blast their stereo and drink beer until all hours, and I have to work the next day! I don’t want to cause trouble with my neighbors, but I want some peace and quiet.  What can I do? Lots of people have summer parties now and then, but when does it become intolerable for their neighbors? The biggest causes for complaint seem to be loud volume, late hours, and rowdy behavior.  If you have children who need to sleep, or you need to get rest yourself, there are a few things you can try. It may help if you have a calm, civil discussion with your neighbor about the problem – perhaps you should wait until the next day, especially if they are intoxicated or high. Let them know how it is affecting you, and see if you can work out an agreement about lowering the volume after 10 or 11 p.m. or taking the noise inside their house. Your locality may have ordinances about noise level and quiet hours. You can remind your neighbors that they may be in violation of such statutes. If partiers are leaving trash around the neighborhood, getting in fights, or otherwise disturbing the peace, there are laws that the authorities can enforce. If the people causing the problem are renters, you can try contacting the landlord...