Rogue traders warning

Homeowners are being urged to stand up for their rights after a sharp rise in rogue traders pressurising people into having roofing repairs and improvements done to their property over the last two years.

Complaints about roofing work in Nottinghamshire increased from 117 in 2009 to 218 in 2010. 172 complaints have already been made this year, with the figure expected to rise substantially over the winter months as people prepare their property for the onset of bad weather.

l The Buy with Confidence scheme contains a list of traders approved by the Trading Standards service. Visit www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk to find an approved trader near you.

If you are suspicious of a cold caller operating in your area or think you have been the victim of a rogue trader contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06. Any information provided will be incorporated into the Trading Standards intelligence system for future reference.