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friend a victim of Cavity wall insulation cowboys. - remedial work -Getting a quote for major building works


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Hi All,

 

To cut a long story short my friend has been a victim of Cavity wall  insulation cowboys.  They fitted foam insulation in the front and side elevations of his property when it was not suitable and this is now causing severe damp making his property worthless.

 

After being ripped off by both his solicitor and the company who fitted the insulation both of whom are now in liquidation he is faced with a £32,000 bill to have the walls removed and the foam insulation removed from his property.

 

As you can imagine he is very untrusting of any builder and is finding it hard to get a quote and trust what is being said.

 

He went onto the citizens advice website and was advised to create a JCT contract  for the building works, the builder has stated to him that he will need to pay him £1,200 for his solicitor to look at the contract and has also said that because he has accepted the quote he is legally obligated and would have to pay a cancellation fee to cancel the work.  The builder has stated he is happy to allow a cooling off period despite a quote not being a legally binding contract.  How nice of him!

 

He has not signed any contract but I know he was happy with the quote.  I believe the builder is milking him for every penny he can because he knows they are few builders who are willing to do these sorts of work.

 

Any help and advice here would be great.

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