Benfleet residents warned of cowboy builders

Echo: Benfleet residents warned of cowboy builders Benfleet residents warned of cowboy builders

RESIDENTS in Benfleet are being warned to watch out for cowboy builders offering household repairs.

There have been recent reports of traders knocking on doors offering to undertake household repairs or informing residents that they have a problem with their property.

Essex Trading Standards are advising never to have household repairs carried out by doorstep traders.

Residents are advised to use Buy with Confidence businesses, which have been audited and approved by Trading Standards.

You can find a Buy with Confidence business via www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk or by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506.

If you have been contacted by a doorstep trader and need advice or want to pass on information that Trading Standards can use to stop these rogue traders please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or call Essex Police on 101 or 999 if you feel threatened.

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2:16pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Loosers says...

Having had a horrendous experience with a local builder, when I wanted to hire somebody to re-do much of the work I checked with Trading Standards but they told me that they were unable to give me any information due to data protection!

Time for all building trades to be mandatorily registered. At the moment anybody can declare themselves a builder and set about ruining innocent people's properties.

Time for something to be done.
Having had a horrendous experience with a local builder, when I wanted to hire somebody to re-do much of the work I checked with Trading Standards but they told me that they were unable to give me any information due to data protection! Time for all building trades to be mandatorily registered. At the moment anybody can declare themselves a builder and set about ruining innocent people's properties. Time for something to be done. Loosers
  • Score: 9

3:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Rat-man says...

We had a spate of burglaries when a company went door to door looking for work.
We had a spate of burglaries when a company went door to door looking for work. Rat-man
  • Score: 7

4:20pm Tue 17 Jun 14

the25man says...

Having been a Clerk of Works I know what cowboy builders can do, but even trades men can be as bad. Use only people you know or make sure the builders is able to show you previous work. If you do get that cold door knock say thank you but get somebody else to also check if the work is necessary don't take the word of a total stranger.
Having been a Clerk of Works I know what cowboy builders can do, but even trades men can be as bad. Use only people you know or make sure the builders is able to show you previous work. If you do get that cold door knock say thank you but get somebody else to also check if the work is necessary don't take the word of a total stranger. the25man
  • Score: 9

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