U-CAN DO IT IF YOU REALLY WANT TO
again, you may be able to seek compensation from your surveyor. But the vendor is under no obligation to try to put you off buying his or her property.
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WE are in dispute with a building firm that has been putting up an extension. We are withholding the final payment after their second visit still failed to fix a sloping floor, a badly-fitted kitchen, uneven brick work and broken roof tiles. Can we claim breach of contract? IF you fail to make the final payment the building firm would have to sue you for their money. If you can prove that they failed to do an adequate job (with photos and the like) you may win the case.
If you get another firm in to finish the job off, and the cost comes to more than you owe the first firm, you could, in turn, sue them for the balance.
You should probably give them one more opportunity to complete the job within, say, a month, before going elsewhere – and warn them in writing of your intentions. But don’t pay them until you are satisfied. THERE used to be a lane running along the back of the terraced houses in our road. About eight years ago some of the residents got together and closed off two of the three entrances, with the majority of the residents buying ‘their’ bit of the lane. Subsequently the middle entrance was closed, but now someone who’s recently moved in wants it reopened. Can they do this? IT sounds as though the first two entrances were closed off by legal agreement, but the middle one by an informal arrangement.
All the residents on this part of the lane would have to agree to sign away their right to use it in