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Streetwise can you help?

We have just received a letter from a Contractor telling us that he intends to deduct £65,000 from our account because we have delayed the job.

This is the first time we have heard of any problem!

What should we do?

Peter Hall

Joiners Solihull

Hi Peter,

There are lots of things that can be done and the fact that you have heard nothing about delays previously may be the key to this.

We need to establish whether or not there are any grounds for him blaming you for delay. If you were delaying him he should have been notifying you during the course of the works and giving you the opportunity to take corrective action.

Did you agree the dates by which your works would be complete, and if you did were your works completed in that time or did things change?

At the end of the day it will be a matter for him to prove that you have caused him to incur these costs, but in the short term he will no doubt hang on to your money.

It may be that he is blaming all the Sub-Contractors on that job and deducting monies from you all. It wouldn't be the first time a Stabard had done that!

There are quite a few things I need to ask you so if you don't mind I will e-mail you.

Best regards,


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