We have found ourselves in a tricky situation. We applied for a home loan a few months ago but to be approved, we needed to fixed house price. We (in a hurry because we needed to get the loan) talked to a builder and signed an initial contract. After we got loan approval, we continued to work with the builder but as time went on, we were less and less satisfied with them.
We recently told them that it wasn't going to work as we felt they were too expensive for us. They have sent us a bill for $8000 (one of which was $3200 for a Council Fee which we have discovered only costs $980 to apply for). We haven't signed off any final plans or any other contracts with them so we are wondering if we are actually liable to pay this. It seem very excessive for what is not much work. With no final plans signed off, they haven't even started the build.
Any advice would be greatly received. Thank you!