Increase In Complaints Over Rogue Builders
Residents are warned to be vigilant especially the elderly
The council's trading standards and crime prevention teams are again warning residents, especially the elderly, to be on their guard against rogue builders and doorstep con artists.
The warning comes amid a growing number of complaints from residents about shoddy workmanship from cold calling builders and roofers.
The workmen knock on front doors and tell the occupants that their roof or part of their house needs urgent repairs. They then pressurise the householder into agreeing to the work there and then.
While the works may or may not be needed, the quality of the workmanship can be of a poor standard leaving householders having to shell out for additional repairs or remedial works.
In one case reported this week, a Balham resident was approached by workmen who said her roof needed re-tiling. They demanded £3,000 upfront to do the job. The resident agreed to the work but insisted she would pay them when it had been completed. Unfortunately within just a few days of her paying the men, it became apparent that the job had been done badly and she now has damp patches all over her ceilings and walls. The case is now being investigated by the council's trading standards team.
People wanting to report suspicious traders to the council should call (020) 8871 7720 and if possible provide details of any vans or cars that are being used, including the registration number, plus a description of the builder/workman.
To obtain a list of approved traders in your neighbourhood visit www.trustmark.org.uk or call 01344 630804. Alternatively visit www.checkatrade.com or call 0845 408 4866.