Part question but mostly a rant.
Two of my neighbours recently agreed to replace the fence between them. The blocks don’t align perfectly so it made sense to also replace a small section (4m) of my fence at the same time. My neighbour (NOT the fencing company) asked me if I was ok with it being replaced, as long as they had enough materials on the day, and it would be in the $200 to $300 range. I agreed.
About six weeks later I get an invoice – $680! So I call the fencing company a number of times and they eventually admit they got it a bit wrong and send a revised invoice; $480 for the total cost of the fence, my half being $240. Here’s where the problems start. I paid my $240 but the fencing company say I MUST pay $480 and collect the other $240 from my neighbour. The neighbour refuses to pay me, says it’s not my job to collect their money, which I completely agree with!
So now we’re deadlocked. The fencing company and the neighbour clearly have each other’s details but are both too lazy or stubborn to talk to each other. And the fencing company are saying I am “legally” responsible for the total cost. Gee, if we want to get all technical and legal I never received a proper quote nor signed anything to authorise the work…
I should add it was absolutely no problem for all other fencing contractors I’ve had to simply give each party a separate invoice. It’s not rocket science!
So what to do?