The plaintiffs “Design Duo” specialize in design and construction renovations for NYC co-op and condo apartment owners.
Design Duo now claims that the defendants “Ira and Irene” owe them for preparing plans for a renovation of their recently purchased NYC condo.
Ira and Irene have signed a contract with Design Duo to prepare plans for renovation and construction of their condo for a total fee of $8,000, with the first payment of 50% ($4,000) due on signing.
That first payment was not paid; however, Ira urged Design Duo to proceed at once to draw up initial plans, as he and Irene “were in a hurry”.
Ira and Irene did not like Design Duo’s initial plans. They said they were “too fussy”. Ira then asked them to make some specific changes. Design Duo said that they were reluctant to undertake new plans without getting the sum due them on signing, and they decided to sue for their money in Small Claims.
Ira said that Design Duo should prove what their expenses actually were in preparing the rejected plans. Design Duo said they could do so if the case was adjourned to a later date for that purpose.
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