I recently had the roof on the front Lounge's bay window house replaced by some local builders. I currently do not live there but a few days after the job when i was working out what decoration i needed to do i noticed that the ceiling below where this work was done was sagging, and some of the coving had cracked!
i asked the builder to come back and review it. He did acknowledge that the banging of lats/felt/nails etc had contributed to this. HE said it could be screwed back up to fix it. Whilst waiting to return to do this that section of the ceiling has now fallen down ( revealing the old laths)!
The builder is naturally trying to avoid any responsibility for this and states that " this occured because this is an older victorian house 1910 etc and so ceilings are old however i believe it was a consequence of their work.
Also the builder did not assess the ceiling before or after the job ( the latter he also acknowledged to me)
What position am i in with respect to whos responsible financially for its repair? Can i make a claim if he refuses to get it sorted? Also he evetually said that he cannot pay for all the costs, implying we both contribute?
finally the small section of coving will need repair/replacing. Can this be included in this repair cost from the builder?
Any advice or help would be gratefully appeciated