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    If anyone can help....

    I agreed a gardner to do my back garden for £3k last year. He started work and then stopped all of a sudden and didn't call, leave a letter or nothing. He had shaped my garden and cleared it of all bushes etc. but then nothing. I hadn't payed him anything.

    Came around the other day going on and threatening me that he wanted £1k or he would smash everycar on the drive. I got a little annoyed and story is I had him pinned against the wall....

    We stood back and I said I would give him £500 for his work and thats it considering he didn't even do 20% of the job. He wasn't happy but said he would come around Friday and collect the money.

    I have no qualms about giving him £500. But I need to protect myself. Should I draw up a contract or something or do a reciept to confirm this? I don't want him to take this cash then say, i'll be back next month for the other £500 or ill smash it all up.

    Now realistically I would personally like to take this guy aside and kick the living daylights out of him for threathening me to start with.... But I don't mind paying him some for doing what he did upto a point a good job. I had to pay for the skip to go off hire as well.

    Any advice from anyone? Don't need anymore about smacking him one as he will get that one day. Just not now

    Ta

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    What a f****n cowboy! Call Trading Standards and get advice, don't give the moron a penny

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    If it was me John i wouldnt pay him a penny as he hasn't delivered on any verbal contract and if you had no written contract in the first place then its your word against his IMO but i would let the police know he is coming on friday to see if they can give you any assistance in case it turns ugly ..........................................Failing that take him on a short drive to some dark woods where me and big phil will meet up with you !!!!!!!!!!

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    Pay him for the work he's carried out and no more. And yes, get him to sign to say job finished - paid in full.

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    Good luck with this, verbal contracts can be good or bad, in this case bad.
    We have a gardener, in fact we started him on his way and now he's flying, but as he's a friend of the family, it makes it easy. We only pay him £20 every fortnight and he works his b**locks off and we have a big spread. Its the best we ever did and not even worth stepping on the grass for that amount. £3K a year seems excessive.

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    I'd insist on an invoice and payment receipt for the agreed £500, then refer it to the Inland Revenue quering the invoice/business details. He's probably dodging his tax anyway.

    Pay by cheque as well, unless you have already agreed on cash.

    checkout: https://www.taxevasionhotline.co.uk/

    You can fill a complaint online as well and no I don't work for IR

    As much as I hate paying it, when somebody is taking the p*ss they deserve what they get.

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    Use the words Full Final payment on the reciept/ Invoice.

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    I'd give him absolutely nothing, for two reasons.

    1. He didn't provide the service he said he would, i.e not even half a job done.
    2. If he threatened me, I'd tell him that his lack of a fat lip just cost him £500.

    Total chancer, chase him.

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    My Father in law had a problem with a Plumber. Did a Cr*p job that resulted in a terd from one toilet passing into another and back again.

    He refused to pay until it was fixed and likewise threats were made. It is now in court the FIL suing for breach of contract and the plumber counter suing for the same. Not sure whose gonna win.

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    The difference here is, at least the plumber finished a *rap(sorry) job (by?).

    The gardner (guffaw), didn't finish anything.


    Quote Originally Posted by Brocks
    My Father in law had a problem with a Plumber. Did a Cr*p job that resulted in a terd from one toilet passing into another and back again.

    He refused to pay until it was fixed and likewise threats were made. It is now in court the FIL suing for breach of contract and the plumber counter suing for the same. Not sure whose gonna win.

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