I paid by bank transfer.
I want to achieve legal clarity as to my realistic legal leverage in this matter.
I don't think the figure £ 4,600 is correct.
Paid him 10K. He bought floor on my behalf, charging me £2171 which he bought at a trade price(20% less). He kept discount which he had led me to believe was going towards payment.
As mentioned, he should have paid 3K for the kitchen. He got quote but never went through with purchase. Lied to me about purchase and said had to cancel due to extra 3 week delivery time. Never got that money back.
He verbally quoted £ 4,600 at Xmas time for job price. With cost of floor, this left a balance of £3,400 from which he was to buy kitchen.
The total money he's had from me is 10k minus 2k for the floor.
He has done 60% of the work I contracted him to do and that below a reasonable standard. Only 1 bedroom is properly painted (two coats). All the others look patchy because he used less than 2 coats. He only 2/3rds floored the kitchen with floor tiles and the tiling was badly fitted in places. It will cost me between 2 to 3k to put fully right.
I don't see how I can claim £4600 as he has done 60% of the work. But the work is sub standard. Can I claim the £ 3000 for the kitchen and a financial penalty( if so how much?) if I have to go to another builder to get the job put right?
He should have finished by the 10th January. Later he said to my flatmate, he'd be finished by Feb.17th.
When you said "issuing proceedings" it helped to show me that I must be sure of my argument.
I was wondering, along with his invoices which supposedly outline his labour and material costs, is he legally bound to provide all expenditure receipts relating to the work carried out on my flat?
The builder will defend himself against any claim I may make. Moreover our agreement was verbal.
Is an email or a taped conversation admissable in court( if I try to get him to confirm his story of having bought a kitchen and record it?)
You've helped me clarify my approach. Thank you.