We have a dispute with an electrician we hired on a T+M basis. All agreements were verbal. As the project progressed, I discussed the hours spent and money owed at various stages. The project is now complete, and we received an itemized bill from the electrician that is 3x the hours of any of our other estimates. Some of the hours are fake(he billed 8 hours on a day when I was home all morning and never saw him, etc), and we have some light evidence to prove it. The electrician agrees that his hours are excessive, but says we need to pay it because we agreed to a T+M verbal contract. The amount is closet to $5000.
There is another wrinkle, which may/may not be relavent. I am not the owner, but I negotiated on behalf of the owner(informally), there was no agreement between the electrician and the owner of the property.
We are leaning toward not paying, and making the electrician sue or file a lien. What is the best option?