Case 3 – Mesh
CEC Settle prior to court:
£2,400.00 refunded by City of Edinburgh Council on 21 April 2015
This case was for reimbursement of the cost of a stainless steel lath and render undercoat. The reason for this claim was that the Statutory Notice specifically required the render to be repaired to match existing. The original render was a hard wall (render with bonding coat straight onto the masonry background.) – the replacement render was a wholly different specification which relied on a metal lath backing prior to render application.
The delaying tactics this time initially involved being passed around 7 different CEC managers within the Property Conservation Department over a period of 216 days (who all unsuccessfully tried or avoided trying to resolve this element of dispute).
There was a real level of brinkmanship in the prevarication and delaying tactics employed by CEC and their legal representatives with this one (perhaps because they did not want to be seen to lose a THIRD case!).
I really did think this one would end up in court but literally days before it was due to be heard CEC conceded and backed off.
NO EXPLANATION OF WHO INSTRUCTED A DIFFERENT RENDER SPECIFICATION WAS EVER GIVEN – AND NO APOLOGY TENDERED.