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Town Hall warns of rogue traders after residents left out of pocket

One residents was charged £20,000 for shoddy roof works

15 September, 2017

RESIDENTS have been warned to be on their guard after reports of rogue traders charging thousands of pounds for fake or poor-quality building work.

In two recent cases money was handed over after callers claiming to be builders or roofers turned up unannounced on doorsteps and offered to carry out work.

In one case, a resident was charged £20,000 for work on a roof that has not been completed.

Another resident paid £1,500 for work that was not carried out.

The Town Hall’s trading standards team recommends choosing a trader who has undergone some form of independent validation.

Home-owners should always get a written quotation and make sure paperwork has full details, including a postal address.

Residents are warned not to part with any money until they are satisfied the business is legitimate. Even then they should only hand over a small proportion of the money to cover a deposit for materials.


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