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Send him a letter - Recorded Delivery, so he can't deny receiving it - and advise him that he has three weeks from the date of the letter to come and finish the job comletely, and receive agreed payment. Say you've tried tol get in touch, no response, and failure to respond to the letter and finish the job will render your contract void, and you will not be liable for any payment for the work done thus far. That way, either he gets his act together and finishes your job, or you can wait the allotted time, and then get someone else in to finish it, and just pay them for what your original contractor failed to complete. If he tries to get stroppy - and he might - stay calm, and tell him that the deal is set out in the letter, finish and get paid, or leave, with no money - his choice. If he's still nasty, show the copy of the ltter which you sent him to your solicitor, who can fire off a warning letter of their own, which will shut him up.
Traders do this - they get several jobs on the go, and loose interest in finishing the original jobs in reasonable time, you just have to be firm, polite, but underneath, as big a [email protected]"* as they are!
This method works, I've used it. Good luck.