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Are you the builder or the client? Please can you also tell me how long ago the work was done and how long after this, payment is not being made?
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Many thanks for your patience. This is neither fraud nor a breach of the Sale and Supply of Goods and Services Act. This is a simple breach of contract matter, where one party has not honoured the obligations it has under that contract, in this case paying for the services they have received. So you will not be able to pursue this as a criminal matter or report it to the police because they will clearly see it as a civil dispute and refuse to get involved. You can however pursue this through the civil courts. You have 6 years from the date the debt became due to take this further so you have plenty of time to consider issuing a claim. There are a few steps you must follow before you do this though, mainly to give the other side the opportunity to resolve this without the need for legal action, but if that does not help then you are able to proceed further.
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