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Was the start date set in stone, such as in the contract? Do the terms allow flexibility around that? Please note this is not always an instant service and I may not be able to reply immediately. However, rest assured that I am dealing with your question and will get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks
Thank you. Do you know if the delays are due to such third-party approvals?
Does the contract say anything about other possible delays?
Thank you very much for clarifying. Whilst they have gone over the agreed schedule, that does not appear to have been set in stone as such and also they can try and rely on the unforeseen circumstances that have led to the delays. Due to there being no serious breach of contract on their part (i.e. there are reasonable grounds for the delays, rather than them just delaying work unnecessarily or for no reason).
Where there is no serious breach of contract by the provider, your father in law may not necessarily be able to cancel without penalty because they would still be losing out on profit and may also have other expenses which they cannot recover.
A cost of 30% is probably too high, so I would aim for around 10-15% of the costs instead and try to negotiate over it. There is no specific figure I’m afraid and it will depend on various factors, which will vary on a case by case basis. In the end, it is about negotiation and trying to get the most favourable outcome.
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