Where do I stand? Do I have to pay the outstanding £11k as we do not have anything in writing?
Hi, yes he agreed that he would stop. His excuse was things over run and that if he didn't stop, the property would have been left unsafe. However, at no point was the property unsafe. He failed to maintain the account and now expects me to pay.
i had told the builder i had applied for a personal loan and gave him the cash to proceed. I explained to the builder on numerous occassions that i had tried to secure further finance to proceed with the project but i had been unsuccessful. He still carried on with the work and knew my situation. I am not trying to get out of paying for work, in just shocked that intrusted him with a budget and his incompetance leaves me with debt didn't or could afford to pay. I also have a text which i sent to the builder 4 weeks ago highlighting my concerns and requesting work to stop if over the inital amount. It took a further 4 weeks for him to come back to me with the final bill.
Aha..Do you still have that text? Did he acknowledge it?
Do you accept that the work was going to cost more to finish than you budgeted for at outset? If so, why did you start?
i still have the text but no acknowledgement.
i accept the work was going to be more than the original budget, but certain work was required, new windows, lintels, a small proportion of the roof. However, i anticipated
increasing my loan once i knew certain work had been done.
Thank you. I have my judges hat on.
Did he know that you needed further finance?
So why cant you do that now as the work has been done?
Did he know at very start to stop at £10k?
He knew exactly my position. I explained that once the original 10k was used, all work should stop and I would arrange further finance (including selling my car).
However, my argument is that I would never have instructed him to carry out repairs totalling £21k because I knew I could afford it at the time. I just believe that he has committed me to paying well over and above what I expected.
He knew my position from the start and I reiterated the fact that I couldn't afford to pay him over £10k.
If I have to find the money, I will pay him, but I just think its wrong the continue work which I couldn't afford.
I don't think I am explaining myself too good. Im just so annoyed with this matter.
Imagine you are in court.
I am the judge asking the questions.
Can you please answer the questions directly because he takes youto court, they are the ones you are going to be asked.
Sorry to be so pedantic and I understand how you are annoyed withhim, but if he does take you to court, I want you to have the best chance of itcoming down in your favour.