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Thanks. Who signed the contract?
Ok but you knew about the contract, as you received it you did not challenge it and you sated to work under its terms even if not signed?
ok thanks. There is a legal principle known as ‘implied acceptance’, which is where a contract can be accepted and made legally binding even without a signature. Instead it is the actions of the parties that act as the acceptance. In your case, this is likely to have happened because you were issued with the contract, you knew of its existence, there was no indication you did not agree with it and you had started to worm under its terms, which means you had accepted them. Therefore, that lack of signature will unlikely give you any grounds to challenge them.
You would have to look at other grounds, such as whether they have actually incurred losses to the amount they try and claim from you. For example, if they have managed t find a replacement barber for the chair they would have avoided, or reduced their losses, and you should not be made liable for the rent they missed out on for the 8 weeks. They can only try and pursue you for actual and genuine losses, they cannot make a profit out of you, if they have managed to reduce these losses, such as by finding a replacement.
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But did they not miss out on chair rent?
ok I cannot assume what happened but for example, if she paid rent and you left, but she did not cover your rent, then they have lost out on that rent. Only if she actually covered your rent will they have reduced their losses and cannot charge you for them
you may not know at this time but if they want you to pay, you refuse as a result of not knowing and they then make a claim, they will have to provide evidence to back it up
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