hello All, May be a daft place to ask this but i am trying not to cry and need some advice. Last Sept we had our house painted by a local builder. He did a fair job and so my inlaws who were living with us at the time asked him to do some work on the house they were buying in December. We asked him to quote us to redo our bathroom in the new year, he emailed a quote and we verbally accepted it back in dec , work to be done mid to end of Jan. He did a good job of plastering and decorating the inlaws house and they asked him if he sanded floors which he said he did. Anyway unfortunately he made a complete hash up of sanding the floors.It was total mess and the original floorboards are now uneven, patched with polyfilla. Awful job. They refused to pay him for the floor but paid for everything else. he was very threatening, upset them both, insisited on payment as he had spent two days sanding, made them feel uncomfortable in their own home. This went on for a couple of weeks. eventually he left with payment for the work they were happy with and none for the messed up floor. We heard nothing about the bathroom job and booked someone else to start on monday. i assumed that after the very bad experience with my OHs parents we would never see him again. On Friday night at midnight he emailed me to say he would like to start the job this Tuesday.i was shocked that he contacted us. I mailed back saying i'm sorry, we both work full time and that would never have been enough notice. I said we had heard nothing from you since DEC regarding dates and assumed he wasn't interested any more. He has just emailed to say i have broken a verbal contract and he will be seeking legal advice about how much money he can claim back from us. I'm 5 months pregnant, really tense anyway and now feel like bawling my eyes out. My OH will go nuts when he gets home and phone him up and swear at him i know. Have tried to ring the buiilder hopefully to have a rational conversation but feel a bit panicked. Help!