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Invoice payment request just arrived after 18 months!

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Consumer Rights
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paulr70paulr70 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Consumer Rights
Hey all,

We`ve had almost 2 years of house renovations going on and i`ve just had an invoice from 2017 for £1700 requesting from a heating engineer. I cant find any info as to whether it was paid originally. Just wonder where I stand on this. I had money going out to lots of tradesmen in cash or bank transfers over the last few years. Last I can see is an email from myself requesting an invoice to settle work in cash.

Any ideas?

Thanks
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  • KatrinaWavesKatrinaWaves Forumite
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    paulr70 wrote: »
    Hey all,

    We`ve had almost 2 years of house renovations going on and i`ve just had an invoice from 2017 for £1700 requesting from a heating engineer. I cant find any info as to whether it was paid originally. Just wonder where I stand on this. I had money going out to lots of tradesmen in cash or bank transfers over the last few years. Last I can see is an email from myself requesting an invoice to settle work in cash.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks

    If you haven't paid, then you need to pay. if the last correspondence you have between you is asking for an invoice, then it seems unlikely that you have paid.

    He has up to 6 years to claim the money from you.
  • Matty36Matty36 Forumite
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    Can't you check bank & credit card statements? Think you can check back up to 6 years.

    If the payment is not on their and you can't remember if you paid by cash and have no confirmation of it being paid then its likely you still owe the amount requested and you will have to pay it.

    I recommend paying everything via bank transfer/credit/debit card in future so you have proof of payments
  • paulr70paulr70 Forumite
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    ok thanks, yeah i guess its something I shouldve kept an record of. It was right at the start of all the works. Just annoying to have something turn up after all this time.
  • marcarmmarcarm Forumite
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    Look on the bright side though, if you didn't pay it back then, and you orinigally budgeted for it, you will still have the money sitting there waiting to be released.

    So makes no difference whether it is paid now or then, you are in no worse a position.......
  • DoaMDoaM Forumite
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    marcarm wrote: »
    Look on the bright side though, if you didn't pay it back then, and you orinigally budgeted for it, you will still have the money sitting there waiting to be released.

    So makes no difference whether it is paid now or then, you are in no worse a position.......

    Gotta love your optimism. :D
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  • Manxman_in_exileManxman_in_exile Forumite
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    paulr70 wrote: »
    ok thanks, yeah i guess its something I shouldve kept an record of. It was right at the start of all the works. Just annoying to have something turn up after all this time.


    You might have paid out £1500 in cash (or bank transfer) and you did not keep a record of it? No receipt?


    Many years ago we had some electrical work done and ten months later I knew we hadn't paid for it. I chased him up for an invoice.
  • paulr70paulr70 Forumite
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    Well when you have just spent 180 grand on having a whole house redone with two sets of builders, plumbers, electricians, roofers, tilers, plasters, architects,etc all being paid in either cash or bank transfers its not easy keeping tabs.
  • FosterdogFosterdog Forumite
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    paulr70 wrote: »
    Well when you have just spent 180 grand on having a whole house redone with two sets of builders, plumbers, electricians, roofers, tilers, plasters, architects,etc all being paid in either cash or bank transfers its not easy keeping tabs.

    Of course it is, would you accept your employer not paying you because it's not easy keeping tabs on all of their employees and other overheads? Of course not.
  • DoaMDoaM Forumite
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    Excel (other spreadsheet utilities are available)

    Very simple to create a file and keep track of contracts / invoices / payments
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  • marcarmmarcarm Forumite
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    DoaM wrote: »
    Gotta love your optimism. :D

    My tongue was firmly placed right in the centre of my cheek when posting that:j
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