How to Take on a Landscaper Who Took My Deposit and Is Hesitating to Take My Phone Calls?

How to take on a landscaper who took my deposit and is hesitating to take my phone calls?

I have finally found a landscaper who looks trustworthy, had his abn looked up and have his company details. This person has mentioned my job would cost about 6k while I mentioned I would pay supplies myself and he just does the labour. I hesitated to pay him any advance/deposit knowing how some people got robbed. I still gave this landscaper a chance and paid him $1k in deposit and ordered supplies to my place. Now this person doesnt respond my calls. I tried calling from friends and he still doesnt respond.

What do I do now?

I have a legal invoice, I have transferred money via online banking. But where do I go next if I have no luck in the next few days?

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    got address ?

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    what date did you pay him?

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    Sounds like a scam.

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    Where did you find him?

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    Send his phone number to one of those pesky call centre's in India and let them hassle him with nuisance Telstra type calls

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      Holy crap I wish people who have no clue would not try to give legal advice.
      We don't know if this is a company.
      The debt is below the statutory minimum for a statutory demand.
      We don't know if there is a genuine dispute and I doubt this guy wants to spend a further $10,000 on a winding up when the stat demand is ignored.

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        My bad, I forgot it's under the 2k. If you believe there is no dispute you can send a stat dem so that is irrelevant. It is all about wording the affidavit correctly. it's a landscaper running a business, I'd assume it's a company. Paying some guy with no company and no proof he actually has a landscaping business is pretty dumb :)

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    Sounds like you are clueless, if all you need is labor, then why hire a landscaper ? You get a laborer, and pay his daily rate which can be about $250 a day. You gave him a chance to rob you, and what do you mean he looks trustworthy, it was the first time you ever saw him, why would you trust someone you just met.

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      More like $600 for a daily rate. I don't know where you'd find qualified landscaper for $250 a day. If you did they wouldn't be worth taking on.

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    I tried calling from friends and he still doesnt respond.

    I imagine a scammer would continue to scam, so if he's not responding any calls (rather than just not answering your calls), could something have happened to him?

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    Notify bank and police.

    Did you look at references?

    Sounds like the scammer looked up a random ABN and put ad on gumtree.

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      Civil agreement

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      I did contact the police. they mentioned its civil issue.
      I did contact the bank and they mentioned they cant guarantee but will try.
      So not much luck here..

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    hmmm… in affluent areas that make significant and regular use of landscapers, I don't think anyone pays anything upfront. Even for large one-off projects, you'd make progress payments after completion of agreed stage.

    Next time ask for references and site some previous work before you part with your hard earned money.

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      Most landscapers ask for a 5% deposit. From memory that's the max permitted before the job has commenced. After commencement it's usually agreed stage payments.

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