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OFT Warns Britons over Rogue Doorstep Traders

The UK Office of Fair Trading has warned Britons about rogue doorstep traders selling home improvement services during the summer.

Summer is usually the time when people opt to get their homes back in shape and rogue traders seem to know this.

The OFT said that people should be wary of such traders and not to fall for their ‘special offers’. People were advised not to rush into deciding to get their home fixed.

Rogue traders use a lot of persuasive techniques to get people to sign contracts with them. They tell people how their home desperately needs improvement and that there are certain structural flaws that are needed to be fixed.

According to Consumer Direct, around half of the 13,000 complaints it received for uninvited traders were related to home improvement services, City Wire (opens in new tab) reports.

“It is not illegal for handymen to canvas for work, but it is important that people are cautious and do not make hasty decisions,” said Michele Shambrook, deputy operations manager at Consumer Direct.

“Rogue doorstep trading is an on-going problem in the UK and work carried out can sometimes be unnecessary, of a poor standard, much more expensive than originally quoted or not done at all,” she added.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.