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If the work required a permit and one was not applied for then yes, contact the code authority and your local trade licensing authority. Make sure the inspector sees it BEFORE the other contractor repairs it, as he can be subpoenaed if necessary and can testify as an expert in the quality and legality of the repair. Was the contractor licensed? If he was unlicensed he could not have even gotten a permit, and may have violated laws by doing the work.
Also beware of the second contractor. He could be an overzealous competitor that is making mountains out of mole hills. The city inspector should be able to help clear things up.
As for the new repairs, your state might require you to let the first contractor make it right, and from a cost perspective this would probably be the way to go, even though you may not trust him. The plus side, though, is now the code authority will be checking up on him and he'll have to do it correctly.
Even if the CC rules in your favor and reverses the charge completely, the first contractor is likely to sue you for the $4K and would likely win something unless you can prove his work was 100% faulty and had to be removed, and that you enjoyed no benefit from his labor.
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