A builder who gave us an estimate for work taking approx. 8 weeks and an estimated £10000, has now taken almost 2 years and nearly £30000. Are we too late to do anything about this?
System of Law: Scots
We have written to the builder but have not yet had a reply.
Thank you for your question.What is the reason for this? If there was work additional to that estimated for then is there a contract for that extra work or not?Some further detail about all of this would be helpful to help me answer your question.
It is complicated, the house he is working o belonged to my brother who was murdered three years ago. It now belongs to myself and two other sisters. My eldest siser has been dealing with it and as far as I know thre is now written contract for the work. It is unfortunate that the firm she has hired also employs her son. We have been trying to get this resolved but both myself and my other sister keep getting excuses which is why I wrote direct to the building firm concerned.
If there has been work done for which a price of £10000 was agreed then that price is due to be paid.
If there has been work agreed and done over and above the initial work then that is either to be paid in accordance with the fixed price agreed at the time or if there was no fixed price in accordance with a measured price.
That is where a quantity surveyor would be engaged to measure the extent of the additional works and give an opinion as to what is a reasonable price for the work carried out.
However, before any of that, the family, as the client, has to agree what work was contracted for to start with.
27 years as a practising solicitor.
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