Rogue roofers warning

Rogue roofers warning

Published at 3:25pm 23rd December 2016.

North Yorkshire's Trading Standards officers are warning householders not to do business with roofers and other tradespeople who knock on their door.

With strong winds forecast, there's a risk that cold callers might see an opportunity.

The official advice is never to agree to have work done by them.

What to do if you're concerned that your roof or other parts of your property have been damaged in Christmas storms:

  • Speak to your insurance company. It's likely to have a list of approved traders and may well want to instruct them to undertake any necessary repairs themselves.
  • If you need to instruct a tradesperson yourself, ask friends and family for recommendations and look at online trader approval and review sites. Try to get at least three quotes to compare.
  • Don't agree to have work done by anyone who cold calls or door knocks at your property.

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Trading Standards said: "Officers find that rogues have used tactics including carrying loose tiles around with them to convince householders that their roof has been damaged.

"If someone knocks at your door and tells you your roof has been damaged by wind, be suspicious. Close the door on anyone who approaches you in that way."

More information is available from Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.