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Ofcourse, the builder is going to say that this is not his fault and he willprobably blame whoever put the pipe in.
However,the situation is quite simply that whoever installed all this was his contractor/agent and the builder is responsible within the first six years aftercompletion.
Theresponsibility comes under the contract for the building of the house and thesale of it, and also under statute in the form of the Supply of Goods andServices Act in that he must carry out the job with reasonable care and skilland under the Sale of Goods Act in that the goods (the house) must be fit forpurpose and satisfactory quality.
Iwould tell the builder that unless he pays the cost of fixing this, you willget it done yourself and you will sue him in the Small Claims Court.
Itreally is as simple as that.
Youcan take into Small Claims Court based upon just estimates and not receiptedbill, but he can then deny that the work was essential and it is a morepowerful claim if the work has actually been done and you have a letter fromwhoever did the repair/fix, stating why it was needed.
Doesthat answer the question?
Can Ianswer any specific points?
Ithink the judge would accept the plumbers invoice as proof that the work hadbeen done, but if you can get a letter from the plumber explaining exactly whathad happened and why, that is even better.
Putthe whole lot together as one claim and explain to the judge that you haveestimates for the flooring but could not afford to replace it yourself, but hadto replace the leaking pipework because it was smelly and therefore you had nooption but to dig into your savings for that.
Thereis no problem in having the receipted bill for part of the work and estimatesfor the other part, provided you explain to the judge (if it gets that far)exactly why it is part receipted invoice and part estimates.
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