I would tell the builders (do it
in writing) that you allowed this on the strict understanding that it would
take three weeks. It has now been nine weeks and the delay is unacceptable and
is causing you inconvenience and because the weather is now deteriorating, and
you wanted to get a patio laid during the good weather, you anticipate a
substantial loss. Tell them that they must remove the scaffolding within the
next 48 hours or you will arrange to have it removed yourself and bill them for
the costs of removing it and for storing it.
Tell them that as an alternative,
you are prepared to act the set the sum of (£500?) On the strict understanding
that the scaffolding is removed completely by X date, that any damage is made
good at their expense, and that if the scaffolding is in place for a longer
period than that, they will pay you compensation in the sum of (£25?) per day
Tell them that you require the
payment of £500 immediately.
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