We started working on a residential property after our quote being accepted by a " builder". There was no written contract and the arrangement was to invoice progressively. The first invoice was paid by the property owner - not the builder, via bank transfer. Soon after our second invoice was issued, the builder was terminated and we learned that he did not have all his legal documents ie permit, licence in check. He said we would be paid and then told us it was the owner that was going to pay us. He disappeared, the owner said they were taking him to court and would keep us "in the loop" however we didn't hear from them again either. After several attempts to contact both parties we employed the services of a debt collection agency who advised us to re issue the invoices in the owners name as she had "acknowledged the debt" by paying the initial invoice. After their first attempt to reach her they received a response from her denying any involvement in hiring us etc. This then prompted the debt collection company to turn around and tell me that they had wrongly advised us and that we had no right to reissue the invoices in the owners name! We are so frustrated. We have over $10,000 worth of materials and labour owing to us from the job and don't know where to go from here... debt collectors? Do we have a leg to stand on?