Contractor/Sub Contractor Issue
You can try to negotiate a settlement for the amount owed. If you feel like the lien is unjustified and you don’t owe the amount, you can file a lawsuit and request the court to remove the lien.
Yes, in Texas, there is no requirement for a contractor to be licensed, unless the contractor provided electrical work. A contractor can place a mechanics lien on your property even if unlicensed, as long as the contractor follows the rules set by the Texas Property Code.
Unfortunately, no. You can pursue a civil case against the contractor for not beginning the work. If you are able to convince the judge or jury that the contractor had fraudulent intentions not to start the work at the time you made the payment, then you can get a higher money judgment for damages under fraud.