I am a concreter and provided my services to a customer. They have paid majority but decided that they would short pocket $1500 on the initial and agreed quote without telling me. When I questioned him why payment was less than agreed amount he stated that he has a daily transfer limit. Days went by and then weeks, so I began to contact him again and he said that his not happy and he wanted gutter edging around his garden bed. I told him I could do the edging for him but this was never agreed on in the initial quote or on the plans provided.
To avoid frustration, I came to a verbal agreement with him that he could just pay half the balance owing which is $750. This was 2 weeks ago yet still no payment. I've tried to contact him numerous amounts of times but he has obviously ignored all communication.
I am a start up small business and income isn't steady and this puts a massive kick to the system. I have spoken to some of my mates that are in the same industry and some say the work is technically still mine until full payment has been received and if I wanted to I could go back to site and lift my work up? I'm trying to avoid going down this route as I just want to get paid.
I had a look at VCAT but it seems that going down this avenue might actually be costly for the amount I'm chasing.
Wanting to know your thoughts?