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I agreed a quote with my builder. Two weeks later he wanted

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I agreed a quote with my builder. Two weeks later he wanted another £10,000 for unforeseen and additional works. Just before I accepted the quote I asked if there might be anything that could be unforeseen that I needed to be aware of and my builder said only the foundations. The foundations have gone very smoothly and we did not hit any problems.

On the first day of the building works my builder asked for just over a third of the whole quote, 26,000 to be paid into his account which I paid. Two weeks later he asked for another £10,000 saying it was for unforeseen and additional works. In my opinion he has made some huge errors and is now trying to suggest that they are my fault. I have not paid the extra £10,000 as he already has £26,000 and we are not out of the ground yet! He informed me at the weekend that unless I pay the extra money he will take his men of site. He did this on Tuesday. I sent him an email reminding him that I had not changed anything in our agreement, asked him to return the men on site within 7 days or I would consider his actions as a breach of contract. He replied that my comments were "Laughable" and "I have made it so easy" for him. He also tells me that I have been unfair and does not want to have anything to do with my project. Without my permission he sent someone this morning to pick up the men's tools etc.
He is angry that I have not paid him the extra £10,000 yet I have paid him £26,000 and I have certainly not had £26,000 worth of building works!
This man has been extremely devious in other areas involving the district surveyor too.

Please could you tell me what position I am in legally and can I get the rest of my money back + damages for the areas where e.g. he has not built the drains as to our agreement and I will now have to pay another builder to rectify that problem. At the moment we are without a boiler and the site is in my opinion dangerous.

With kind regards,

Mrs L. A. Thomson
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 4 years ago.

Ben Jones :

Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. How much do you think he has done in monetary terms to date?