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    • I have just received this email from the courts in Burnley:   "Dear Mr Xxxxx                            Due to them age of the file there is no paper work to send. The letter you received from ourselves was because we are destroying attachment of earnings files and have to give the parties chance to inform us  if the debt is still live. The case relates to a debt Arrow, Global bought from HSBC, A/C NO - 999999/99999999, that goes back to 2001 and the claimant bought in 2014. If you think the debt is paid or wish to contest it you should apply to set judgment aside on form N244 which will unfortunately cost £ 255.00. You can also use form EX160 for help with the fees."   Not sure which letter they mean as I have received nothing.
    • Also, here is a link https://www.hestia.org/domestic-abuse   https://www.hestia.org/brightsky  
    • Here is the app from the play store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.newtonmobile.hestia&hl=en   I think there is an equivalent on the Apple store. I think it provides advice and contacts but I also heard somewhere that it allows you to keep some kind of log. I think keeping a log is extremely important – especially if there is any doubt as to whether one is going to be believed.
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    • I'm afraid that I'm not especially familiar with the injunctions and orders et cetera that are available in these kinds of very difficult situations. What I am pretty certain of is that if there is some kind of proceedings begun while the partner is still living in the home then that will increase tensions to an intolerable level and also increase any danger. I think this would mean that there would have to be a move to have the abusive partner excluded from the home. How many children are there and why should she be worried that the children might be taken away? I have to say that if the children are living in a situation where they are aware that there is this level of abuse between their parents then it can only be extremely damaging to them and the sooner the matter was resolved and the home became a peaceful and stable environment for them, the better. I think this would absolutely require the removal of the abusive partner. If the police have already been made aware of his abusive behaviour then it seems to me that the presumption will be in favour of her remaining at the home with her children. One thing she should certainly do is start to keep a detailed log of what is going on. She needs to be extremely careful that this log is not discovered and in fact I think that there is an app which maybe allows a log to be kept and is stored off the phone and in the cloud somewhere. I will check it out and come back. I very much hope that there will be others who have experience of this kind of thing either because they have been in this kind of situation or else because they have supported somebody who is in that situation who will be able to come along and give better advice. Can you tell us more about the children please. I think that their well-being might be pivotal to finding a solution to the whole problem
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Hi

In brief i had contractor to fit patio doors and a complete roof on our new extension 4 months ago,

only now has he come back to finish the roof after many cancelled visits by him,

 

The work is so bad that building control officer wont sign the roof off.

i have contacted the roofer on many occasions and he keeps telling me its my fault because i always moan about his work and that he isn't a roofer (he has his own building business) .

 

unfortunately i paid in full as he was a friend of a friend,

I have a rubber roof which is peeling up because he used silicone to stick it down on the edges and i can see daylight from the inside through gaps plus the internal ceiling isnt level

 

Where do i go from here as any advise would be rattly appreciated

Thanks

Ian

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Is he part of a limited liability company or is he self-employed/partnership?

 

Does he have any assets? Do you know where he lives and if he owns his home? These are all going to be extremely important questions because if you have to take action against him, you will easily get a judgement – but you may not be able to enforce it in which case the whole exercise is useless.

 

I hope lots of people who read this thread will realise the dangers of paying builders in advance. I hope they will also appreciate the dangers of employing "a friend of a friend" because that is absolutely no guarantee, it actually produces a moral pressure – for instance, to pay in advance – and of course it can destroy friendships.

 

You need to find out all about him and what assets he's got. As a part of an established business? In other words, is he worth suing?

 

Apart from that you need to prepare a good file. You need to start going back in your mind and logging all of the history of the work – including the cancelled visits.

 

You need to take lots of photographs and you will probably have to get a good quality independent roofer to come along and to assess the work and the cost of repairs.

 

I suppose there is one thing that will help you and that is that I expect you have probably paid in cash in hand. Frankly I would have no hesitation in letting him know thatyou will be reporting him to the tax authorities who will make a complete investigation of him including the other work he has done for other people "off the books".

 

However, find out all about him first. Prepare your file. Then start getting ready to issue threats but don't move until you are fully prepared.


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Thanks for the quick reply

He is a limited company with 1 other employee, i have his home / business address , he has his own home and has a van kitted with tools and equipment, he is Fensa Registered on his web site with a 10 year guarantee on all work, i paid by bank transfer and no cash, i have a lot of text messages back and forth and i have a lot of photots

Thanks

Ian

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Was the payment made to a company account or to his own personal account? Have you got receipts?

 

If it is a limited company and you have been dealing with them, then afraid that his own personal assets are probably out of reach of any court action that you might bring. Have you investigated the guarantee? Who is it provided by? I would be making very gentle enquiries all around to understand what the enforcement possibilities might be before making any direct approach.

 

However, you might be in a position where you will need to take legal action. I would set about immediately getting a quote for making good the work to the proper standard.


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Payment was to his personal account i only got bank statements

the guarantee is a company guarantee , i have tried to get another roofer to quote but all are very reluctant to take over another persons work

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How much did you pay him?


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£3500 for the doors and £3000 for the roof

 

Thanks

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