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Hello, this is Jim and I am a dual-qualified lawyer (UK and Republic of Ireland) and happy to help you today.
No, he has to tell you whether he is VAT registered before he invoices you - to ensure he can charge the VAT element of his invoice. If he does this later then this is his problem and he cannot claim it on top of the agreed price at a later date which is what he appears to be doing. Accordingly, I would recommend you threaten to report him to Trading Standards (tel: 03454 040506) unless he agrees to complete the job and so forth. You have may to use another builder and sue the original one if you incur any further costs (via the http://www.moneyclaim.gov.uk website).
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