After the painters I hired, and paid, left yesterday after 2 days of
work, I discovered damaged closet door. What rights, if any, do home
owners have? How do I go about recompense or replacement?
I am not a lawyer, but the law says that if you make an agreement to have
work carried out then it must be carried out with reasonable care and skill.
I would first contact the painters about them arranging to fix the door. Are
they self-employed, or are they employed by a company to whom you can
complain? If they deny responsibility I would either fix the door myself, or
if that wasn't an option I would get some estimates for having it fixed and
then consider either suing the painters in the small claims court for the
cost of fixing, or I would claim on my house buildings insurance. Regarding
the small claims route, I don't know where you stand regarding being able to
prove that the painters caused the damage (in the case of your word against
theirs), or the financial implications for you if you lost the case. Someone
on uk.legal or uk.legal.moderated should be able to advise. Citizens Advice
and Trading Standards can also advise.
That's a big if!
Some my grandfather hired to do the outside of his house set fire to the
old paint whilst removing it with blowtorches and the subsequent fire
destroyed the bay window and damaged the interior of the room. They
disappeared as the fire brigade pulled up according to the neighbours
and the mobile no.they gave no longer works!
On Sat, 10 Jun 2006 02:22:55 GMT, a particular chimpanzee named hlmw
The best one is to withhold payment  for the amount of the repair.
 Which is why one should never pay the full price immediately for
any work. A general rule is, the bigger the cowboy, the quicker they
are to demand payment. The biggest of them all demand it in cash.
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