Devis, livraison and demands for money
I accepted a devis for electrical installation for a new build in late 2012, work to commence in January 2013, 7 days work. I allocated 4 weeks and duly turned up for start of works. At the end of 4 weeks, electrician still hadn't finished, the same at the end of week 5, week 6 and week 7. I went home with "2 days" work left to do. I returned in June allowing 3 weeks for him to complete the 2 days work, at the end of those 3 weeks, there remained "2 days" work. I returned in September for 2 weeks, he turned up the last 2 days I was there to "complete" the job. He told me he didn't have enough time to check the earth resistance (something that would take 30 minutes max to do??????) and said I would have to return to England and come back the following week, and give him a window of 3 days to do the job. After speaking with the local constabulary he suddenly called me and did the test on the Sunday as we were about to get in the car to drive back home. I must have asked him 20 times during those 8/9 months when the consuel was coming and he kept making excuse upon excuse. He has resorted (on a number of occasions) to (blackmail) threatening to down tools and not continue work unless I paid "intermediary" payments. I only caved in the first time, the following occasions resulted in heated rows, abusive language and schoolboy tantrums from him. I am due to be on site in March for the consuel, and he has started with his demands again, one being that he will not give me the consuels conformity certificate until I have paid him in full.
OK, a deposit is required when accepting the devis, and everyone I spoke to (Mairie, police, builders, neighbours, web searches etc ad infinitum) all confirmed that he does not get paid until "livraison".
A year ago he was supposed to do a job in 7 days, am I in a position where I can legally tell him to take a hike as far as the balance is concerned due to the fact that he has caused me at least a years delay in the project?