Can you refuse to pay a builder?
Refusing to pay a tradesman or builder because you are unhappy with their work isn’t wise. It could lead to even more financial pain. As there is no control over pricing in building-related trades it is absolutely vital to get written quotes before you sign a contract.
Is it illegal to pay a tradie cash?
This is illegal and is essentially the commission of a fraud. This would typically involve the tradie offering a discount in lieu of GST.
How much should I hold back from my builder?
You should only hold back payment equivalent to what any snaggings cost to put right. The only other thing you could hold money back on would be the roof to ensure it is watertight. This would mean that either you wait until the first rainfall or ask the builder to water test it.
How do you deal with non paying customers?
Chasing a non-paying customer is often a messy process, so it’s best to avoid the issue altogether by taking the following precautions.Research your client. Have a contract. Ask for a deposit. Weigh your options. Follow up. Talk to a lawyer. Hire a collection agency.