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Reporting An Unreliable Tradesman

By: Tracy Whitelaw - Updated: 13 Jan 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
Reporting An Unreliable Tradesman

It can be financially and emotional crippling when you realise that your hard-earned cash has been wasted on a rogue tradesman. As the number of 'have-a-go' tradesmen continue to rise in the UK, there are a number of reliable firms popping up that offer advice and help on choosing a reputable tradesman when you need work conducted on your home. If you're unfortunate enough to be one of the people who do end up involved with a rogue trader though, you need to know where to report your grievances in order to ensure nobody else is conned by them.

Talk to the Tradesman First

If things go wrong when you're having work carried out by a tradesman, the first step to try and resolve any issues is to speak to the tradesman. Always give them the chance to put it right and make any complaints known to them initially. Many tradesmen will take this opportunity to try and rectify the situation, as they won't want their reputation being harmed. If you feel that the tradesman isn't listening to your concerns, put them down in writing and give him a deadline. Send the complaint letter to the tradesman's head office, assuming there is one, but remember to always keep a copy of what you sent and when. If you find that there's no resolution through this means, the next step is to report your tradesman.

Citizen's Advice Bureau and Trading Standards

One of the most common places to report an unreliable tradesman is at your local Citizen's Advice Bureau. They will be able to give you advice on your legal status with regards to the work and also whether you may be able to make a claim against your tradesman. They may also be able to offer you some kind of conflict resolution or mediation, so they're definitely worth visiting and can give you advice for free on most occasions. Another possibility is to report your tradesman to Trading Standards. Trading Standards are specifically interested in protecting the rights of consumers against businesses and in ensuring that businesses are within the law and delivering what they promise. You can contact your local branch of Trading Standards and they will give you advice on the next step regarding your unreliable tradesman. They can often provide you with contact details for trade associations or advise on what the best course of action is for you to resolve your dispute with your tradesman. They may even investigate it themselves and keep you updated on the situation.

Reporting to a Trade Association

If your unreliable tradesman is part of a trade association, then you should be covered by their code of conduct. If speaking directly to the tradesman doesn't work, contact their governing body and ask for advice. They will want to uphold the standards of their association so will be keen to investigate anyone they believe to be unreliable. Normally, a trade association will speak to the tradesman on your behalf as well as offer you some kind of arbitration service to try and come to a resolution. They can also get the tradesman back to work if they've left the job unexpectedly. This is one of the reasons that it's important to check your tradesman's credentials before agreeing to any work being carried out - if your tradesman doesn't have a trade association backing him, you're putting yourself in financial danger.

Online Sources and Unreliable Tradesmen

Another option when it comes to reporting unreliable tradesmen is to use the multitude of online resources to warn others about their poor service. Websites such as TradeCheck or associations like TrustMark welcome information about poor tradesmen as they will make sure they spread this knowledge so others can avoid them. A new service from search engine AskAlex has also been introduced where individuals can run an immediate check on businesses to ensure they're reputable. The service is set up in conjunction with Dun & Bradstreet and will cost a mere 7.50GBP to obtain. It will give consumers a star rating for a business, full contact details, any criminal history, profit figures and an overall judgement of the business. This method should be used to avoid rogue tradesman initially, but can also help in your reporting of any unreliable tradesmen. If you do suffer problems with your tradesman, make sure you report them as early as possible - helping other avoid them can at least give you some peace of mind.

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Sajid/Sajad Hussain, SS Builders, 5B Coldecote Grove, B9 5JA (also 55St. Agathas Road, B8 2TU).A incompetent and unqualified Cowboy builder.He nor his workers are competent nor qualified to carry out any gas, electric or tiling jobs let alone do any building work to any professional standard.Also, rips people off and does not follow building plans and avoids building regulations where he can get away with it.Ran off my job as I challenged him to many issues and is a compulsive liar.He has 2 business partner who he calls his employees, both illegal residents in the UK, who harass and intimidate people to give money before work is done. At all costs avoid this cowboy or you will regret it.
cowboy - 13-Jan-20 @ 9:55 AM
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pee'd off - 10-Jan-20 @ 2:26 PM
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Summer - 4-Jan-20 @ 6:27 PM
Do not use Elite roofing or a Martin as he takes your money and does not complete the works on time and does not pay back any money even after making promises. He fails on work times he agrees to and demands payment up front then does not pay back after failing to do the works
S - 27-Dec-19 @ 9:46 PM
Priority Building. Newcastle upon Tyne. Took my deposit to buy materials but failed twice to show up for job. Refuses refund or to deliver materials my money paid for.Never replies to messages and never answers our calls.
Li - 16-Dec-19 @ 9:28 PM
Platinum Emergency Services - avoid at all cost! We had a what appears to be a simple issue with the heating controls however the engineer came and spent 2 hours to diagnose the issue and came back with an array of issues and propose re-wiring the whole system and charges us £580 for the time. We eventually went with another company and they manage to fix and resolve the issue within an hour for a fraction of the cost.
D - 13-Dec-19 @ 9:58 AM
The aa plumbing and heating ltd company conning people out of money be aware and report do not use they pretend to service Danfoss and other makes but don’t have a clue, and become very aggressive jobs left half done
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Pee - 22-Nov-19 @ 3:42 PM
WB Infastructure, birmingham Waheed Hussain Bhutt Took my chimney out,without building regsas i was told by the council he uses unqualified men. Lies alot does not ring you back takes your money an does the job wrong and makes your life a misery CON man please please STAY CLEAR YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
Sara - 21-Nov-19 @ 10:52 PM
Avoid Dimension Abbas Builder Ltd. He is a cowboy builder. My roof is leaking, bathroom sink not fitted properly so now leaking. Left skirting unfinished. Hasn't sealed the bathroom. Tiling is hideous. Calling him to finish the job and he's avoiding our calls. When we get through to him he says tomorrow and doesn't turn up.
Princess - 14-Nov-19 @ 9:24 PM
Stay away from bathroom fitter Mr Nathan Westwood based in wakefield. He took 30%advance payment and never came to do the work. He will give excuses each time. Suchba shame to other sincere tradesmen but NEVER pay any advance. He will beat any quote because he had no plans to do the work! Full address. Nathan Westwood, 202 church Avenue, south kirby,pontefract, WF93QJ.
Ameen - 11-Nov-19 @ 12:14 AM
Please steer clear of waheed hussain butt of wb infrastructure limited Birmingham, he took out 2 Chimneys in my home which is still costing me till this day. He left holes in the roof which was letting in the rain, now I'm having to fork out a structural engineer to come out and assess the structure of the property. He's a liar and a thief don't trust him!
Caz - 4-Nov-19 @ 7:57 PM
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tinker - 26-Oct-19 @ 8:25 AM
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Lozzer - 14-Oct-19 @ 4:15 PM
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Jr - 27-Sep-19 @ 9:03 PM
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Jr - 27-Sep-19 @ 9:02 PM
Wow! another victim of Nick Coxon and TBP. Took money, dug holes to put me in a vulnerable position and never showed up. Con man. Got a CCJ against him now.
Gordon - 27-Sep-19 @ 4:42 PM
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Southwood - 9-Sep-19 @ 7:33 AM
Avoid Spencer Lewis trading as Elementa de terra - landscape gardening, at all costs. Took over £6000 off my neighbour ( a woman ) and promised the world. He never delivered. He started off by doing a bit here and ther but never actually finished anything he started. Then he started asking for more money as he needed it as he had underestimatded, and was also going through a divorce. He eventually moved from Runcorn to Exeter and blocked all contact with her. After paying nearly all the £6800 quote, my neighbour is left with an unsafe structure, which is incomplete, and shoddy work all over. The plants and materials account for less than £2000 and a new builder, who is well respected, has quoted over £3000 to fix only half the work he started. He is not too pleased with the quality of work he has inspected. AVOID A ALL COST - DO NOT SUCCUMB TO SPENCER'S GIFT OF THE GAB..... IT WILL COST YOU DEARLY....
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bt - 22-Aug-19 @ 4:41 PM
This website is as much as a fraud as it claims to be stopping. They take your details and share with third party’s. There is now to contact them. And they allow anyone to post with no evidence or chance of replying. It is just here to take your information!
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Hello - 9-Aug-19 @ 1:50 PM
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Tommy Hilding from H&H Groundworks of Tornbridge Kent took my deposit and never did the work.He started ignoring my calls. I hired them through Quotatis. Be careful.
Conned - 20-Jun-19 @ 3:16 PM
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