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Hi We have recently had a contractor complete some work

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We have recently had a contractor complete some work for us.

They invoiced us for the job and we paid the amount.

We then got another invoice for a higher amount a week after paying it - same number and date and no explanation

On looking at the two invoices the only difference is that they split the words on three lines previously two and put in an extra fee.

I have rang them and they have really no answer - do I have to pay this?

Many thanks



christhelawyer :

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christhelawyer :

I think unless they have sensible answer to your query, then you should refuse. If they forgot a fee which has been charged and which was omitted on the first invoice, then they should say so and not reinvoice like this.

christhelawyer :

So unless they admit a mistake or an omission, then you can refuse to pay.

christhelawyer :

Even if there is a mistake or omission, then you can certainly argue that payment of the first invoice discharged your obligations.


Thank you - that is what I felt about it.

christhelawyer : I hope this will help
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