The general rule is that if you sell to a buyer who was introduced to the agent then you pay the agent’s fee.
If you don’t feel they did any work, then you can obviously defend any proceedings they bring but why don’t you try sending a cheque for, say 1500 quid saying that this is in full and final settlement and that if they don’t agree, they should return it to you.
It’s a pretty powerful incentive to take 1500 quid rather than have an argument over 3000.
It works 9 times out of 10
make sure that you mark the offer Without Prejudice Save as to Costs and then it cannot be produced in court as any kind of admission that you owe anything.
You may have an absolute defence and the whole matter may go to court anyway and you may win but by the same token they may win.
It doesn’t work the same if you make the offer and it doesn’t work if you simply put money into their bank. It is the action of presenting the cheque to the bank that you mention, when writing your second reply.
Mark the letter Without Prejudice Save as to Costs and then, they cannot produce it in court as any kind of evidence that you will accept less than the full amount being claimed or that you admit that you are entitled to less.
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