How long do I give builder to come and address snagging before I give up?

Hi all,

Just purchased a house and have done extensive renovations of the property.

95% of the agreed amount has been paid to the builder and 3 weeks ago builder has asked for final payment of around £5k which is considerably more than anticapted. 

When I asked him why it was so much, he said it was the final payment plus to cover some of his costs (receipted items he had purchased for us like radiators and skips which I thought was fair enough. I asked him to send me the receipts and then some come back to the house and complete snagging (unfortunately there is quite a long snagging list but nothing unbearable, just small niggly bits) and then we would settle this final invoice in full, no problems.

I sent the snagging list and photos in a letter (whatsapped)  which I sent him over almost 3 weeks ago and I've not heard back. I even sent a chaser a week ago to nudge but still nothing.

I'd be quite happy to just call it quits - he doesn't need to come back and we won't pay him the £5k but at what point do I have any legal remit to do this incase this ended up going sour?


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