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Hi thank you for your enquiry and patience. Hoping that the instructions on what you needed done can be evidence in your text messages then you can certainly pursue him for breach of contract. It would be best to get an alternative painter on two to give you quote for the remedial work required to get to a satisfactory finish. This will be the damages you can claim. Because the value is not very high, it may not be worth it to get a cpr compliant report on the standard if his work as they can cost a significant sum. You should send him a letter giving him 14 days to reimburse you 700 if you think all the work has to be redone or if some of the work is ok then just the sum needed to get the work done professionally by someonelse. if he does not pay you can file your claim by filling claim form N1, attaching your particulars of claim and attaching your evidence and sending
.. the package in triplicate to the County court money claims centre enclosing payment for the issue fee. You should not worry about the court procedure as your claim will be a small claims track claim, the procedure will not be complex and you get directions from court in writing for the different steps.
If you are claiming the full £700 then the issue fee is £70. The Claim Form is here for you; https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/688390/n1-eng.pdf You could opt to apply online here: https://www.moneyclaims.service.gov.uk/eligibility/mcol-eligibility
and the form that tells you of the fees is here:https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/789201/ex50-eng.pdf
Try an avoid arguments with him because if you say anything slanderous he may sue you for damages.I hope this helps and I would be grateful for your rating at your earliest convenience. all the best
If you have a lot of evidence then i recommend you use the postal application form as online there is a limit on how much you can attach.
No that is not a defence against a breach of contract claim, so dont worry. and if you were saying this to him direct but without other people watching then you are able to defend a claim of slander which he cant raise as a defence against yours but could start it as a new claim. If he did a terrible job he probably expected you to be very upset so he may not take any action.