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Discussion in 'Development' started by Arnel, 31st Jan, 2016.

  1. Arnel

    Arnel Well-Known Member

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    Hey PC'ers,

    I am sure we all have had our fair share of issues with contractors, but this guy....ahhh makes me so mad.

    Earthworks agreement to clear a site, was set up in three phases.
    phase1 clear lot
    phase2 bring in clean fill to level
    phase3 compact with certificate

    Phase 1, was complete....although he damaged around 30% of the colourbond fencing. (i was overseas, went of pictures he sent me).

    Phase 2, I made the payment... but no works have been done... he claims to have his truck broken down... then his sick etc...

    I am really fed up with this. I know i should of done my checks on him but it was hard considering i was overseas. I call no answer, i message no reply...

    Is there any agency that deals with this that i can threaten to report him to?

    Get this he tells me if i have more work to let him know :/ .... some cowboy

    Any ideas what to do?

    Thank you :)
     
  2. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Where abouts is the property? Is there someone you can have go inspect it for you to get an accurate update on what work has been done?

    Alternatively, I assume he comes under a builders license? Each state has its own avenues via a Fair Trading or equivalent that you could probably report him too, or at least get advice from.

    Lastly, do you have a written contract that specifies what tasks he's meant to do? And if so, do you have copies of all communication since then? This will be evidence for use in your complaint.
     
  3. Arnel

    Arnel Well-Known Member

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    I am back in Perth now, i meet him on site... had a "chat", he promised he would get things done by this weekend. I went for a site visit.... and you guessed it nothing has been done :\
     
  4. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    Welcome to solicitors letter time, small claims court if not complete or refund within 7 days
     
  5. Arnel

    Arnel Well-Known Member

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    Hi mate, never had to go down this avenue...

    You suggest contacting a solicitor? Or should I draft up something my self?

    Any advice would be great. :)
     
  6. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    The rain might have held him up? Or he'll be there tomorrow? (positive hat on)

    Some of these guys you need to be onto and hold their hand, ring regularly checking when he's coming, what he's doing, and plan for him when he's coming back. Hopefully he's just unorganised, not ideal but as long as he comes back
     
  7. LifesGood

    LifesGood Home Building & Development Consultant Business Member

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    Next time you're away just put the word out and someone from here can go inspect for you! I'm always happy to help, if it ain't absolutely miles away.
     
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  8. mrdobalina

    mrdobalina Well-Known Member

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    Name and shame. So we make sure not to use him inadvertently.
     
  9. Arnel

    Arnel Well-Known Member

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    Thanks mate, greatly appreciated ... Ditto for yourself and other members :)
     
  10. hematite

    hematite Well-Known Member

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    Also happy to inspect/take photos and send to you (and for others in the PC community in Perth).

    Using a solicitor will cost a few hundred dollars to get a letter.

    A Small claims court submission will cost about $80-100.

    I would try to deal with him the way that he operates. Try to explain the benefit of him getting the work done, and the fact that he will get the money faster.

    If he's not this kind of guy, then i'd advise that I will be submitting a small claims submission.