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My favourite auntie is having major head ache with idiot builder.

 

Long story short:

 

Builder agreed to build extension with bed room en suite and an extra bath room.

 

En suite and bathroom were to have electric underfloor heating

 

Auntie went away for three weeks while the work was done, bathroom and en suite floors are tiled.

 

Auntie comes back and ask where the controls for the under floor heating are.

 

Builder: "What underfloor heating?"

 

(He forgot to fit it before the floors went down - Doh!)

 

Builder is now refusing to recognise his mistake and lift the tiled floors, fit the agreed electric underfloor heating and refit floors.

 

Builder now expects to be paid for some reason.

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I assume that you have a written quote from the builders detailing exactly what they were going to do?

 

or some blue prints/architectural drawings that indicate underfloor heating was going to be installed?

 

with these you could at least prove that the job isn't finished.

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Let common sense prevail.....why would your aunt be witholding money for any other reason ?I presume she is happy with everything else apart from the fact there is no underfloor heating ? anything in the quote ? has the underfloor heating already been purchased ? Your aunt should not have to pay to correct the mistake the builder made....i'm sure he has some indemnity insurance....maybe she should get a quote to fit the heating and put the tiles back down then submit that from the dodgy builders invoice....


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My favourite auntie has now had advice from a solicitor.

 

(Common sense will of course prevail, 42man) :-)

 

1) get a quote from another builder for removal of the floors

 

2) use this figure as basis for the compensation quantum

 

3) try not to pay for as long as possible, although of course the builder would have a case for a claim if she didnt. Just hold off for a while until we have enough info to make a small claim for compensation due to builder 1 forgetting about the under floor heating.

 

4) Hopefully builder 1 can be persuaded to reduce the overall bill by the amount it will cost to put right his daft mistake.

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