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    Hello everybody,


    Let's say that somebody is plastering then painting a livingroom for 1000

    and he includes free skirting boards

    everything reported by email

    during the upgrading he asks for money at completion by but he finished only plastering and the living room has still to be painted

    you explain that the agreement was painting and plastering then the payment and he replies:

    you don't trust me so I don't fit the free skirting boards

    Can he decided to change the agreement?

    Many thanks


    Can he? Yes, he can do almost anything

    May he? Well a court would probably say he had breached the contract, but all you would get is the monetary value of any loss that his breach had caused. So, you would still have to pay the cost but a court would then order him to pay you whatever it cost for you to get the skirting done.

    Common-sense scenario, find out how much the skirting will cost elsewhere (maybe 3 quotes). Write to him saying he has to do the skirting or you will only pay him £X (£1000 - cheapest quote). If he says no, pay him that amount and arrange someone else to do the job.

    If he is not happy, he will have to sue you. This will cost him money and he will almost certainly lose, if he gets advice, he won't bother. You should end up with painted walls and new skirting.


      Thanks for your reply

      everything has been written by email:

      Hi Marco,

      Further to our telephone conversation today please see breakdown below :

      £ xx.00 Deposit received Thank you !

      £ xx.00 To pay today ! (that I paid)

      £xx.00 left to pay on completion of all works !

      Total price xxx0.00 including extras below

      £xx.00 for skimming the rest of the living room

      £xx.00 sorting out front guttering

      Also we are fitting a free trickle vent to the living room window to help with airflow to the room and also fitting new skirting boards for you free !!

      Kind Regards


        On that wording (I am not a lawyer) I stand by my earlier advice.


          How was he paid - cash or bank transfer?? Did he give receipts?

          Suspect he's a crook: Fire him, report him to HMRC for possible tax fiddle

          & DWP for possible benefits fiddle

          - then find an honourable on reliable workperson - and start again.
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...


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              Often these guys just need facing down. I remember a few years ago getting quotes for a minor roof fix. Three days later tenant phones me upset that workmen are on the roof without him having been notified. Hurried call to the company concerned to explain that I hadn't ordered the work, to be met with "well it's done now". My response? " I didn't tell you to do it so I'm certainly not paying you". "Well I'll send them back to take the tiles off". "You enter my property and you are trespassing". Quick call to T for him to let me know as soon as they arrived. When T called - quick call to plod who politely asked em to leave the premises before they'd even got the ladder up.


                that guy is a joke especially because he keeps on saying job completed plese pay and the tenants confirms my idea about him

                tenants reported as following:

                Hi marco,

                Gutter has been done.... An he is coming to do the skirting boards on thursday they havent arrived yet.

                I made up with the work and all the jobs that have been done the house has been cleaned up after each one i cant fault him.



                  As before advised.....
                  Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                  .....: Fire him, report him to HMRC for possible tax fiddle
                  & DWP for possible benefits fiddle

                  - then find an honourable or reliable workperson - and start again.
                  I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...


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