FEB 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Cowboy Builders To Be Run Out Of Town
standards officers are warning vulnerable and elderly people to be
on their guard after a spate of complaints about bogus builders.
touting for work have been appearing on doorsteps all over the
city, and often carry out poor or no work at inflated prices.
builders are known to prey on elderly people who might be tricked
into thinking that they need repairs to be made on their homes.
leaflet is now being circulated warning people to be on their
guard against these builders.
is being distributed to housebound people in Coventry and to the
University of the Third Age.
standards officer Carmen Prue said:
leaflet officers practical advice about property repairs do’s
want to get the message across to all consumers, but
particularly to older people, not to deal with trades people who
knock on their door touting for business.
regularly receive complains from people who’ve been caught out
agreeing to replace their guttering or a loose tile by cowboy
gangs turning up at their door.
firms don’t do this and were keen to remind people to start
turning these people away.”
of the leaflet will also be available in libraries across the
city, from the council’s Your Living Environment office in the
Precinct or from Trading Standards on 024 7683 1833.
Concern run a scheme that registers pensioner-friendly firms,
which can be contact on 024 7623 1999.