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Hello for clarification - did you have the sale and price in writing?
how much does he still owe?
Under the Consumer Rights Act, title to goods passes on delivery unless there is a retention of title clause along the lines of “goods belong to this seller until paid for in full”. It’s unlikely that in a private sale you would have had that provision in the paperwork.
I’m afraid that you no longer owned the boat, and he is entitled to do with it as he wishes and your only remedy is to take him to the Small Claims Court.
Can I clarify anything else for you?
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It doesn’t matter whether there is a signed contract or not. A verbal contract is just as binding
we can provide letter wording for you as an extra service but it would only be the wording for you to send, not on solicitors letterhead. If you want a letter on solicitors letterhead, you will usually find that the solicitors will need to open the file and send a whole load of compliance documentation and it’s unlikely that you are going to get much change out of £100 with that initial letter.
You can charge interest for non-payment at 8% per annum simple, on the outstanding balance, from when it became due but you need to tell him that you are now going to start charging it unless he pays in accordance with the agreement.
In respect of this affecting your mental health, I’m afraid that you have no claim in that respect because it’s not a reasonably foreseeable consequence of any breach of contract by him.
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