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  • Landlords in Distress

    Issues with builder

    For fraud you call the police not solicitor.

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    U said you spoke to a solicitor

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    I can see where you are coming from, he told you that a steel was needed, which you paid for. Then he's changes his mind and won't refund anything. I'd be pretty hacked off if I was treated like that but the other viewpoints are valid too. Firstly get a structural engineer out to check that it's SAFE, then for what it's worth I would put a shot across his bow with a legal letter to see if he will buckle, if he didnt i'd walk away. Legal pursuits are going to cost you time as well as money and we are not talking about 3k, we are talking about the difference between what he quoted and what he actually spent which he can probably falsify....

    But I wouldn't use him again and I'd leave accurate reviews of his business practices to warn others.

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    If you get a fraud conviction out of this I'll gladly donate £25 to an agreed housing charity.


    Think it's more likely there will only be a large solicitors bill.



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    Did he supply all required materials? If so, and he didn't buy them in, he may have supplied items 'from his stock'. I'm not saying that is true, just that he may have done that, and not told you that he was 'in effect' selling you materials that he already owned. It's not unusual for tradesmen to have materials left over after a job, which they keep and have a monetary value. Just because he didn't 'spend' £3000 doesn't mean that he hasn't supplied what he said that he would. He may also have bought things for cash from trade contacts, so no receipts available.

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    If the Builder under spent from the quote on materials and you only want to pay what he spent. Therefore quid pro quo if he overspent his quote on Labour, will you pay him the additional labour costs?

    I suspect from your post NO,


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    The builder needs to blacklist ceeme123 and only work for fair clients

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