4. Iowa Small Claims Court:
You can file a Small Claims lawsuit in the county where your contractor lives or in the county where the transaction took place.
Start your lawsuit by filing an "Original Notice" with the clerk of the court (usually the Clerk of the District Court). You can get all the necessary forms from the clerk or you can download Small Claims "Original Notice" form from here. Complete the form and mail it or take it to the clerk of court's office with the filing fee of $85.00. You will also need two copies of the completed "Original Notice" for each person you are suing.
You can also file your Iowa Small Claims Case online.
Instructions for completing a form and filing a Small Claims Action are available online.
- Maximum monetary limit of claims: $5,000;
- Attorney: allowed for both plaintiff and defendant;
- Right to appeal: yes, for both parties
You can more information about Iowa Small Claims Court here.
5. On-line complaints.
We collect all sorts of customer reviews, complaints, and comments here.
To post your comment on Google find your contractor in Google maps, and click the more info link next to the name of your contractor. On the following page, scroll down to Reviews by Google users and click on Rate and review link on the left.
There are many other websites that let you post comments and complaints about your contractor. Below you may find just a few examples:
1) http://www.ripoffreport.com (registration required),
Return to "the State's plumbing and contractor licensing departments".