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LGA warns on cowboy builders

The Local Government Association (LGA) is warning homeowners affected by last summers’ floods to be wary of cowboy builders.


The organisation which represents 400 councils across England and Wales said it had received information suggesting that some householders were being ripped off by unscrupulous builders charging exorbitant rates for sub-standard work.


It said the huge demand for builders after the floods had led to some of the remedial work being contracted to builders who had done shoddy jobs.


The LGA said councils were getting ready to crack down on rogue trading exploiting the labour shortages of labour, and who further damaged homes. Paul Bettison, LGA environment spokesperson, advised homeowners to make sure the builders they used were affiliated to professional organisations.


The LGA is also calling on the insurance industry to increase its efforts to re-house people after Government data revealed that 90 per cent of the people unable to return to their homes were private homeowners, whereas only 4 per cent of those still in temporary accommodation were council tenants.