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Old 13.07.2021, 11:56
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Problems with Builder + Sub Contractors

Guess this is a pretty common problem everywhere in the world but be grateful for any advice. In brief, bought a new build apartment in Vaud 18 months ago and itís a really struggle to get the general contractor (large Geneva firm) to respect the guarantee and put pressure on sub contractors to repair faults. In two cases, a badly bodged tiling job - not immediately apparent but within our rights to get fixed under a two year guarantee - and a badly fitted shower tray that is tiled around - hence would involve a big repair job that the sous traitant is avoiding - the fault is admitted but the general contractor does nothing but flag with the sub contractor, and tell me ďyes, itís terrible, they donít do their jobs properlyĒ. There is no follow up on my behalf as the buyer or pressure exerted to ensure that the work is ultimately done correctly. Case in point the cowboy tilers have now visited four times (!) to try and correct the bad work and have actually only succeeded in making it worse. General contractor is insisting on a fifth intervention but Iím saying that enough is enough, sub con doesnít have the basic skills, and asking for financial compensation.

Any advice from old hands on here over how to proceed? The problem is that, since we bought into a PPE all the work was paid for in advance, so there is no financial leverage to bring to bear. If the general contractor wonít play ball is there any other option but legal recourse, which Iím guessing could be so lengthy or costly that itís not worth the expense or stress?
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