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My dad and I have recently remodeled an old studio apartment on one of my friends parents property. I planned on moving into it after remodeling because it's close to my college campus, internship, and a good location. Prior to the project I had a verbal agreement with the owners that I would be repayed for my expenses(labor and materials). Unfortunately, this was not a written contract and I failed to save all of my receipts spent on supplies. My solution was to go online and find prices for all the materials I purchased and I typed up an expense list. Including labor at minimum wage, and materials my expenses added up to about $1500. I went into this thinking that their form of repayment would be little to no rent(paying only for utilities) at least for the first few months. They're not awful people but they are just a bit financially unstable. Taking into account that I have only a few valid reciepts, and there was no contract could I win a small claims case if worse comes to worse?

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i feel sorry your learning a lesson the hard way, You could try but it is just going to cost you even more money. Without receipts or a written agreement you need witnesses. Even with a witness highly unlikely. I'd try to work it out without being nasty it never helps and just weighing all your options. Also if there broke you can't get blood from a stone..... good luck
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No receipts no proof. Next time get the contract in writing and save your receipts.
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Probably not since you do not have a written agreement and you did not keep all of the receipts.

You do not have evidence to support your claim.
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No contract, no receipts = you have no way to prove they owe you anything.
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Small claims, or any court, can not help you recover illegal funds. If you are not a licensed contractor you can not legally do any work that exceeds $500. So you would no even win this with a contract since it isn't even legal to make the agreement in the first place. They (property owners) could even press criminal charges against you at this point if there are any problems with the place.

You might be young, but your father really has no excuse. I am sure he knows you have to be a licensed contractor to remodel property.
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