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    • I got a quote from a builder to erect a basic timber leanto on the back of my property, and do some remedial work to an already existing brick shed. The area for the leanto already had decking but this was rotting so was to be removed.  The builder is a part time firman, and is a near neighbour of my daughter, and semed a friendly enough person.  When he came to view the job in May 20, I explained I was not looking to start the works until begining of August 20, so I could comfortabley get the funds together.  He mentioned he would be free to start on 1st July 20 as had no work booked in for that period.  I explained that I am disabled with a variety of consitions included limited mobility. I run a business from home from my loft office and wanted the leanto so I could have a dedicated space downstairs to work from hen needed. He sent me a quote via email. The quote was in a Ltd company name, but had no address on it and had a start date of 1st July 20.  I agreed in the end to this start date as he said he was free. Total quoted for all works was £10,720 with a deposit of £4390 to be paid immediately for materials to start on 01/07/20.  He sent me some pictures of garden rooms he had recently completed, and I liked the idea of having UPVC cladding for minimal maintenance and asked how much more this would be, and was advised £1730, so I paid a deposit of £6120 on 01/09/20.  The bank account details I was provided to pay the deposit was the builders wifes account.  he said the company was new.  He sent me an email on 30/06/20 saying he was collecting ALL the materials on 01/07/20 and would start on 02/07/20, then he was delayed as was let down by some suppliers. Work did not actually start until 17/07/20 after I requetsed a refund due to breach of contract. They arrived and took town the old decking. there has been constant delays, excuses and outright lies and I again requested a cancellation of the contract and refund as of part of my money as they would turn up one day, then nothing, citing, supply issues, workers being sick, his child being sick, etc.  As he had assured us everything would be ready befoe 15/08/20 we booked a small gathering for a barbecue for my stepdaughters 21st and made the builder aware. We requested a full schedule of the works to be done each day and a completion date, which he gave in writing as 13/08/20, stating that the perspecx roof would be fitted on 11/08/20. Needless to say this did not happen, he claims there were supply issues with the perspex sheets and he ended up putting up a gazebo in the half completed frame of the building on the morning of 15/08/20 as no roof was on and I was concerned for rain, and confirming that the sheets for the roof would be dleivered the following week.  Well the builder went on holiday on 20/08/20, 2 workrs came on 20/08/20 and 21/08/20 to put up tarpaulin as still no roof had arrived, no cladding had arrived and a list of other works ahd not been done. On the morning of 22/08/20 we discovered we had a leak as thay had damaged a pipe when putting up the tarpaulin. I called and sent a text message to the worker and also texted the builder who gave me his plumbers number, who never came to fix the leak. on 27/08/20 I text builder again as still not heard anything form anyone and he said he was back in the country the next day and would come and see what still needed to be done and get things sorted.  He never arrived. On 01/09/20 I texted the builder who said he was at work the next day and my job would be on.  I asked him to explain exactly what that meant as I needed the work done as a priority,  He said, plumber coming today, cladding fitting tomorrow, roof panels Thursday.  No plumber arrived that day.  I contacted builder the next day, he said they were not coming as team member was sick, but he would get plumber there today.  i told him if no one came today, we would get someone else in to do works as I was getting bitten by mosquites from the stagnnant water.  No one came that day or the next.  I decided I would put the remaming works on a bulder site to get estimates to do the remaining works and then would give the builder a deadline which I did.  I spoke to the builder on 08/09/20 when he called to let me know thta he had again chased the roof panels, but he wanted me to sign a waiver about the roof.  I told him no, he had told me on numberous occassions that he had ALL the supplies, he know what was need from the start, and he had lied on previous occassions as he now admitted he had only ordered the roof panels on 21/08/20. he was however saying he had ordered bespoke panels to fit the roof, which were not necessary, discussed or agreed with me.  I told him that he had 1 week to complete all the remaining works or I would give the job to someone else and would reques a refund of monies as by now I had paid a total of £9655. All payments to his wifes account.   The builder called me on 15/09/20 to let me know he had been assured the roof panels were being delivred on that Thursday 17/09/20. I told him that was too late. he knew today was the dealine, he had not even bothered to acknowledge my email and as he clearly was not in a position to complete ALL the works by the end of that day, I would be employing alternate builders to start the next day 16/09/20, which I did.   Sorry the post is so long, but I wanted to give the history.   I have sent a letter guaranteed delivery addressed to the builder, his wife and the company  to their home address asking for a reund of £4500 withing 7 day.   I plan to take legal proceedings against ALL 3.  Although the quote had the company name on it there is no address or contact information on it, all communication came from his personal email address, he requested that the money be paid into his wife's account.   His wife is not a director of the company, she did become a company secretary on 22/06/20, so I believe I rightfully can request she repay the money as she had to right to it.   He has refused to send a breakdown of materials actually used, which is all I am prepared to pay for.  He has said I am not due a refund as he has paid for the materials. He has not fitted the cladding, or done any of the other works, which could have been completed whilst waiting for the roof panels.   Incidentally, the new builders saterted on 16/09/20, and obtained the same roof panels that morning and by Friday 18/09/20 had fitted the roof, cladded one side of the building, fitted,  UPVC doors to leant and brick shed, fitted and 2 UPVC wndows to  leanto.   Your advice regarding the status of the wife would be most helpful
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In May 2013 a charity provided my autistic son with a new boxed HP laptop.

 

Recently the battery is going flat very quickly -about 2hrs.It def needs replacing

 

I was surprised to find my warranty had expired in May .....2010 ! :!:

 

I contacted the charity and they told me they bulk purchase in advance -hence the early expiry

 

my question is do i have any legitimate warranty claim ie when i received the goods ?

Thx

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Hi tali

 

I would write to HP Customer Services, explain the problem your having with the battery, explain that the laptop was given to your autistic son by a charity and under the circumstances could they replace the battery.

 

You have rights under SOGA, but I think they might just do it as a 'goodwill' gesture. If they don't then use SOGA.

 

Here's some info:- http://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/regulation/sale-of-goods-act

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batteries are sadly not covered by any warranty nor SOGA etc etc.

 

I would write a pleading letter to HP

to see if they will do a GOGW.

 

however be aware that, 2 yrs, is about right for any battery pack to last.

 

dx

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

 

if everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's tomorrow

the biggest financial industry in the UK, DCA;s -  would collapse overnight.

 

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs - that's why they will never tell you they are not bailiffs and have absolutely zero legal powers on any debt.

 

 

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Yep look for a 12 cell costs more and will stick out of the base a bit but battery life is a lot better

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  • 7 months later...

A charity provided me with a free laptop for my autistic son .

 

 

Within a year it developed a dead battery and has to be run off mains.

 

 

I contacted HP and they told me it was old stock but would honour guarantee with proof of receipt.

 

 

Unfortunately the Charity invoice only contained my name and address.

 

 

I then sent copy of parcel label and date to HP

they said i needed some headed confirmation from Charity.

Surely HP should accept the parcel label details ?

 

I have contacted Charity numerous times over the last 8 months or so

- and they say they are trying to locate it !!!!

 

 

I told them several times all i need is quick written confirmation- but to no avail.

 

 

It would have been quicker for them to send me confirmation than the numerous replies of "we are trying to locate order" !!!

 

Charity commission say they cannot help and i should contact trustees-

trouble is it is a small charity and everything is dealt with by the chap who is causing me probs !!

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Hi tali

 

Call into your local CAB, take the parcel label with you, ask them to call the chap/charity whislt your there, see if he can write the letter whislt you are there and fax it across.

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The battery packs do not last forever - 2 years would be an average life in my view (from previous experience). It is normally down to one cell failing, which brings the whole pack down - they are not however servicable.

 

I would ensure if you get a replacement battery from online that you get a genuine article - there are far too many dodgy lithium ion batteries floating round which may or may not be dangerous (think fire/explosion risk).

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Tali, how are you attempting to make contact with the charity ? If by telephone, it might be worth a recorded delivery letter explaining the situation.

 

It seems very odd that you were provided with a Laptop in 2013 with a warranty end date of 2010 !! Was it a reconditioned item ? Are you not able to afford a new battery pack yourself ?

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Update

 

 

- spoke with HP and

 

 

they tell me warranty started when they provided laptop to the charity

- which well over the 1 year warranty period.

 

 

They said the warranty does not apply to when i received the laptop.

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post 3 refers.

 

 

dx

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

 

if everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's tomorrow

the biggest financial industry in the UK, DCA;s -  would collapse overnight.

 

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs - that's why they will never tell you they are not bailiffs and have absolutely zero legal powers on any debt.

 

 

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Thx dx -sorry missed that.

 

 

I did ask over the phone for goodwill but they were unable to help.

 

 

However , at no stage did they mention batteries were not covered

-in fact even over various emails (even though i'm sure you are right)

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