Can landscape contractor charge design fee and keep it because I cancel the deal?
I hired this landscape contractor. He said he will design for a fee and the amount can be applied toward installation later. I paid him $300 deposit, but he kept canceling(3 times) conceptual drawing meeting. After waiting for three weeks, I told him that I am no longer interested in going forward with him because how he kept postponing just initial drawing phase. He said the deposit is non-refundable, and he doesn't want to give his initial drawing either. I offered that I would take half the amount as refund, to be fair.
Contract only says the design fee will be applied toward installation cost.
He said he will refund $150 and the check will be in the mail the next day. That was 1 week ago.