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Living Water Lawn and Tree care

Phone: (509) 487-3439 View Additional Phone Numbers 6925 E Bigelow Gulch Rd, Spokane, WA 99217

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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 1 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 1
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 0
Total Closed Complaints 1

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0 Customer Reviews on Living Water Lawn and Tree care
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 0

Additional Information

BBB file opened: June 19, 1997 Business started: 01/01/1991 in WA Business started locally: 01/01/1991 Business incorporated: 08/18/1999 in WA

This business is in an industry that may require professional licensing, bonding or registration. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.

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Washington Secretary of State, Corporations Divison
801 Capitol Way South, P.O. Box 40234, Olympia WA 98504-0234
Phone Number: 360-753-7115
Fax Number: 360-664-8781

Type of Entity


Business Management
Mr. Michael Fairburn, Owner Ms. Carolyn Alvarez, Office Manager Ms. Lisa Fairburn, Owner
Contact Information
Customer Contact: Ms. Carolyn Alvarez, Office Manager
Principal: Mr. Michael Fairburn, Owner
Business Category

Lawn Maintenance Tree Service Pest Control Services Organic Soil Fertilizer Landscape Contractors

Additional Locations

  • 6925 E Bigelow Gulch Rd

    Spokane, WA 99217 (509) 487-3439 (800) 529-6227

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Complaint Detail(s)

9/26/2013 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: I paid for 3 lawncare services upfront last year. I have a very large yard and these services were discounted last year by 50% if I paid in full, which I did. This year they put me on a revolving account (without me asking) and came out twice without my permission. Then charged me and now have sent me to collections. The offered to discount the services again to 50%, but I don't need their servies this year and do not feel like I owe them for servies that I did not request.

Desired Settlement: need to remove charges and take me out of collections

Business Response:

All of our invoices, prepay letters, newsletters and monthly statements state:  For your convenience, SERVICE CONTINUES FROM SEASON TO SEASON. For a change in service please call our office.

On 03/26/12 Mrs. ******* ok’d 3 lawn applications to be done. Mrs. ******* requested that the notes be added to her account for the times she applies fertilizer to her lawn on her own so that we do not schedule ours at the same times. The dates were May 31st, July 4th, and Labor Day. At that time she also setup to have installment billing and was also sent out a prepay letter to receive 8% prepay discount if she chose to change billing option.

On 06/13/12 Mrs. ******* spoke with the head of our accounts receivables, *** Lake, regarding the account being 60 days past due. At that time the installment billing was cancelled and account was adjusted to reflect only the balance due. Mrs. ******* also explained to *** that she thought she had prepaid for her services but her credit card was not charged.

On 06/22/12 Mrs. ******* called in and paid $284.28, the balance due for the 2 lawn applications done.

On 09/27/12 the last lawn application was done for Mrs. *******.

On 11/14/12 a message was left regarding the balance due on account.

On 01/25/13 *** spoke with Mrs. ******* regarding her account balance. Mrs. claimed that she had prepaid for all 3 applications but ****** ***** never ran her credit card. *** explained that her credit card was only charged in June 2012 for the balance due on the account. Since there was some sort of misunderstanding *** had agreed to write off ½ of the cost of the lawn application once we receive her payment.

On 02/12/13 Mrs. ******* called in to pay $71.82 (1/2 of the cost of the last lawn application done).

On 03/25/13 the first lawn application was done for 2013.

On 05/08/13 the 2nd lawn application was done for 2013.

On 05/13/13 Mrs. ******* called and spoke with *** regarding the applications done on her property. The auto-renewal policy was explained to Mrs. *******. Mrs. ******* claimed she was unaware of the policy although it is printed on invoices, statements, prepay letters and newsletters.  *** agreed to write off $165.83 the cost of 1 of the lawn applications.   Mrs. requested to speak with manager. I, ******* *******, spoke with Mrs. *******. Mrs. ******* felt she should not have to pay anything she didn’t want to have the auto renew. Mrs. ******* said we should have called her. I told her the phone number we have on file is the number we called. Mrs. ******* said, "Oh I'm sure it connected but this is my office number and I don’t have time to take calls when I'm working." I told her that we are willing to write off 1 of the apps for her but since she didn't call after the 1st one was done we are not able to write off the entire balance due. She said she doesn't have $165.83 to pay right now and she will have to think about it. I told Mrs. ******* we will make the adjustment for the one app, send her a statement and if needed she can pay as little as $10 each month. Mrs. ******* received 4 statements since that time and was eventually sent to collections since no payments were received on account.

BBB's Final Determination: Business offered a resolution. Consumer did not pursue further with BBB and the matter was assumed to be resolved