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Every year in the UK an estimated 89,000 householders are fleeced by rogue door-to-door home maintenance traders masquerading as professionals, selling anything from roofing repairs, guttering and gardening services to path and driveway work. These rogue traders frighten their potential targets by suggesting that their homes have loose tiles, problems with pointing, damp or guttering, or that their driveway is in need of repair.
They lie and cheat to extort money in return for little or no work at all and in 2008 it is estimated that they stole £170million from unsuspecting homeowners across the UK. The evidence shows that incidents of this nature are far more prevalent during the summer months.
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the largest trade association in the building industry, has linked up with Trading Standards to advise you on how you can avoid being ripped off by a rogue trader. On this website you will find help and advice for spotting and avoiding rogue traders as well as how to find a reputable builder.