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My name is Clare
I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first
How much was the work he did worth - what would you have had to pay if someone else had done it?
How much is the house worth and how much is outstanding on the mortgage?
However well done or not how much would you have had to pay if he has been an ordinary tradesman
Just to check - the current mortgage is approximately £44,000?
He has a potential claim based on the work that he did for free - he will claim that he did it on the assumption that he would have a share in the eventual profits
However in the absence of any real evidence of an agreement that he would receive an actual share of the equity the claim can be limited to the actual financial contribution - in this case apparently £5,000 at most!
At this stage it is for him to take action to try and prove the claim - you may wish to consider offering him £2000 or so just to avoid the hassle
Please ask if you need further details
You give a formal response refuting his allegations
1. The property was purchased by you as your home following the sale of your previous home. It was never a joint venture.
2. That you paid for all materials and did a substantial amount of the physical work on the property yourself.
3. That you understood his contribution of his time to be a gift to you
You ar m ost welcome - I hope all goes well