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Threatened with a county court judgement (ccj)

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Madrads Sun 08-May-16 13:41:00

I hope someone will be able to advice me. I planned a remodelling and large extension for over 6 years. We finally got planning permission by end of 2014. We had out job out to tender only one of the 4 builders tendered and he could not start for 6 months. I was talking about this in church when one of the congregation said he was a project manager and he could start within 4 weeks when his current job finishes. He quoted £176k. The job started off well but within 3 month it slowed down. He stated in March 2015 and he was suppose to finish in June , then he moved the date to August , then it was end of September and finally for Christmas. Needless to say he did not finish and the house is still not finish yet. You can guess the price continue to rise , to date we have paid him 196k. He wants a further 22k. I said I will not pay him until the work is done. The quality of the work is rubbish, I work long hours and once or twice I came home to find him on the roof. I don't think he was the trades in. He has now said that if I don't pay he will apply for county court judgement and he went on to day my credit rating will be ruined for life. My initial response was see a solicitor and issue a counter ccj. I have lost sleep and earnings over this build, I had a mortgage holiday which I paid handsomely for and multiple other items that he initial said were included in the build but not now. He is very keen on the word variances. What shall I do?

SocialDisaster Sun 08-May-16 13:44:49

You need someone like a surveyor or structure engineer in to write a report and other builders, trades. You need to show the work is poor standard and not worth the money you paid. Where is the contract? What do the congregation think?

SocialDisaster Sun 08-May-16 13:46:58

The CCJ will only last six years if he wins. I would tell your clergyman he has a swindler in the congregation using his premises to touting for work and do the devils work from parishioners.

SocialDisaster Sun 08-May-16 13:47:38

Please forgive my poor English.

BeauGlacons Sun 08-May-16 13:48:14

What does the contract say? I doubt he could do this as you have already paid him £196,000.

Who agreed the contract, what were his references like?

MabelSideswipe Sun 08-May-16 13:52:10

Something similar (ish) happened to me. We had a contract though and evidence that builder had diverted money paid to him for materials and tradesman to pay debts on other projects. We got a solicitor, so did he. Lots of expensive letters exchanged. Then we had a our architect write a report on all work not completed and had a meeting with all parties to go through it. Ended up he had to agree to come back and complete the job for the quoted price. It was an uncomfortable few weeks!

It cost us about 6k in legal fees.

Madrads Sun 08-May-16 14:50:16

Thank you all. I have told him I would meet him half way as this will be about 25 % of the total. It is not unusual for builds to cost more. I had expected to pay about 20% more. I will still loose out as I have to pay out to rectify some of his work. I certainly did not want to involve the law. I saw two of his work. One was great and finished and I layer found out he was related to her and the other was work in progress but the lady seems happy with it. The contacts said £176 plus variances and this is where he is saying the extra monies are for . However he will not give an itemised list . He titled it "goods and services".

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