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How long ago was the work completed? Also, has he provided you with a full breakdown of the costs/invoice?
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Many thanks for your patience. When you have entered into a contract for work and materials, where the main focus is labour and skill, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 says that the work must be:
· Carried out with reasonable care and skill (to the same standard as any reasonably competent person in that trade or profession);
· Finished within a reasonable time (unless a specific time has been agreed); and
· Provided at a reasonable price (unless a specific price has been agreed).
In addition, any information said or written is binding where the consumer relies on it. This will include quotations and any promises about timescales or about the results to be achieved.
If there is a dispute as to the money owed for the works, if you have an outstanding amount then what you can do is send that and make it clear it is made in full and final settlement for the works in question. If the builder accepts payment then they would be accepting is as a final payment owed and may find it difficult to pursue you for more. If he rejects the payment you have offered then you do not have to pay him the amount that is outstanding and it is up to him to decide how to take this further. He can of course make a court claim to pursue you for what he believes you owe him and it would then be for the court to decide whether this should be payable or if the reduced amount is what would reasonably be expected for payment by you. So as mentioned a payment in full and final settlement may be the best option for now as it at least give you a chance to try and get him to accept it, whether intentionally or not, and make your position stronger in terms of challenging further requests for payment.
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Hi there, you can try and send a cheque instead, together with a letter. If you have £6.5k outstanding and can only pay part of that now then just send the initial payment as normal, without admitting to anything in the meantime. Then when you have the final sum you are happy to pay you can send the cheque with the letter making it a condition that you are sending it as full and final settlement. So if you need to respond just say that you are making the initial payment now as that is not under dispute and you will settle the remainder in due course, without stating what that is. Then when it comes to paying the final instalment you send it as mentioned above. There is no reason why a court would frown upon that.
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