Rogue Traders – what to look out for

West Mercia Police have had a report of a company offering tarmacking services in the Longtown area last week.

rogue traderThis company went by the name of Highway Tarfix Ltd with a company address in Darlington.
Trading standards have confirmed that these individuals are rogue traders who will do a shoddy job and charge an exorbitant rate.

The usual ‘patter’ is that they have been doing a job locally and have a load of tar to use up before it goes off. The law states that any ‘cold callers’ must give any prospective customers paperwork listing the work to be done and total cost, and give a 7 day cooling off period before work commences. This applies to any goods or services offered at the door or by phone.

Trading Standards also advise that “homeowners have to be particularly careful when choosing a workman or a builder. Don’t rely on online reviews as many of these lists are infiltrated by rogue traders, but get recommendations from people you know and ask around.”

“You should always check whether someone working in your home is actually a member of the trade body they claim to be in and are bound by an effective arbitration service within that organisation should you wish to complain.”

“Major building work involves considerable amounts of money and staged payments should only be made once satisfactory work has been completed at that stage. In addition you should ensure that payments are only made into the proper business account of the builder, whether it is a Limited Company or a Sole Trader.”

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