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If we have never been invoiced for service, on what basis can this business claim a debt from us? I'm thinking of the two months which the owner's brother had been "working off" some of the debt and claims that the effort is equivalent to what we had paid in the 6 months previously?
I'm asking this because I have not been presented with a bill and would rather have time to know what he would claim in court.
How can he quantify a debt owed? Is there any way for us to force him to do this before we go to court - either to sue him or to be sued by him?
We can prove what we paid for 6 months and the state of the pool when the cover was taken off but surely he has to prove what service he provided. Doesn't he?
Thank you so much for your advice so far. Would you be able to point me in the direction of a template/format for such a demand letter? I'm not asking for you to write it (or even review it once written) - just a starting point.
Question - the only evidence of "contract" would be the cleared checks - there was no piece of paper for those 6 months. Also we have lost copies of the comments sheets he left with us for the last 2 months work which would describe what he said they did at the time and what they were asking us to do. If they choose to produce fraudulent copies of records of work not really done, can we defend against that?
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