I need some advice on a case of non-payment by a client. #PushAsk
In October 2019, one of my friends got me a video & photography project for a Jeweller in Mumbai for INR 1,00,000/-
The client was the director of a reputed college who had outsourced the project to me.
I was never in touch with the Jeweller directly, so the said 'director' was supposed to handle payments and act as the client.
I never work without advance, email or contract but it was a last minute project and my friend had convinced me that this guy would pay. (My bad!)
I trusted the words, paid my crew and delivered the content. Wasn't paid a penny till now even after repeated requests.
Finally he gave me a cheque of INR 50,000 in December and before I could deposit it, he asked me to not encash it, citing some reasons and that he would pay a single cheque of 1 Lakh.
I probably thought of it as a genuine problem. (My bad, again!)
But he kept on delaying it again and again giving various reasons like he was fired from his job, he has no money, client hasn't paid etc etc.
I kept my calm and professionally followed up. (Entire conversation is on Whatsapp. I wanted it for records)
5 months had passed and my friend moved out of Mumbai. This guy blocked my friend as she's been asking for my payment.
And boom! COVID HIT!
He started using coronavirus and lockdown as an excuse now.
He kept on saying he would pay but he doesn't have money. He can't pay for this, that, etc.
Proper emotional manipulation. I then spoke his emotional language to him. I told him the financial troubles non-payment has been causing me etc etc. But to no avail.
Today in August 2020, it's been 10 months.
I spoke to him again, and he has the same story. He can't pay his bills, how can be pay me. And that he's not my only source of income etc etc.
In short, I don't see the payment coming soon, if it's coming.
What is my legal resort to this, without an email or contract?
I have the following:
1. Entire conversation on Whatsapp.
2. Cheque dated in December 2019 for 50k. (Not valid now)
3. Acknowledgment from the jweller that they paid him for the work.
4. His home address.
Anything else if required, I will try to arrange.
Can someone please help me out with this?
It's a big amount to be stuck for 10 months during the hard times!