Rogue builder and roofer warning in Salford
19.09.2023 - 11:19
A warning has been sent out over dodgy builders and roofers who may come knocking on doors in Salford. The city's trading standards team has sent out the alert after reports where vulnerable people have been targeted.
The work has either not been delivered or done to a poor standard, in some cases, for extortionate amounts of money with no written contracts in place. A number of cases have been reported and there are criminal investigations taking place.
Rogue traders will often call uninvited and pressure residents into agreeing to go ahead with work at short notice, say Salford city council. The work they provide is often grossly overpriced and very poor quality. They often use pressure tactics to extract additional payments.
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And, they regularly target vulnerable individuals, the elderly, and those who may be less familiar with the home improvement process, leaving them financially exploited and often with unsafe and unsatisfactory work completed. Lead member for environment, neighbourhoods, sports and leisure Coun Barbara Bentham said: “These deceptive practices are deeply concerning.
"To protect our community, we are actively pursuing these culprits. Salford city council has a proven track record of successfully prosecuting rogue traders and will make every effort to hold them accountable.
"Following steps, such as not contracting with a stranger who knocks on your door, getting three quotes, checking reviews, and avoiding payments up front for a job in cash, will help keep you safe.” Trading Standards