trader alert issued in Burnham by Trading Standards bosses
residents have this week been warned to avoid
falling victim to rogue traders who could leave them thousands
of pounds out of pocket.
comes after a Burnham homeowner was visited by a group of 'rogue
traders' earlier this month who tried to convince her to have
a whole roof replaced at huge expense even though the work was
Standards officers at Somerset County Council said they have seen
an increase in such complaints from people across the area who
have reported cases of poor work commissioned by traders touting
their business on doorsteps.
are also being warned to be aware of door to door salesmen selling
security systems with high annual maintenance fees and cleaning
material sellers who claim to be part of a scheme to help ex-offenders.
Council spokeswoman Lyndsey Mayhew told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Trading
Standards officers advise residents not to make rushed decisions,
consider whether the work needs to be done, agree on a price before
the work starts and have everything confirmed in writing."
trader must give a cancellation notice telling customers that
they have seven days to change their mind."
can still be cancelled even if work has already started although
this may incur cost. If work is to start before the seven day
cooling off period has ended, the trader must get the request