Roofer refusing to return deposit
I paid a considerable amount to a roofer on 10/10 who assured me he would start work on 18/10 and work would take 3/4 days. 18/10 arrived and he messaged saying family emergency, would start on 19th. Then delayed after that several times for different reasons. On 29/10 he messaged to say he was just leaving and his delivery van was also on its way. When I returned home, nothing had been done. I messaged, no reply, then Sat morning he sent me a picture of a road accident saying it was his delivery van. I didn’t believe him, checked out the picture on Google reverse search and it was from Essexlive News in 2017. When I called him out and asked for my deposit back, he agreed. He has since gone back on his word and very rudely told me I’m not getting anything and I’ll see him at the small claims court. I’ve taken legal advice and sent him a breach of contract section 52 letter, he says he hasn’t breached it, but it’s gone way over the time from when I paid my deposit. My insurance doesn’t cover legal representation, so what can I do next?
Suggestions welcome. CA and TS aware and he’s now on the rogue traders list.
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