Lee Kyson is currently preparing a defects report on works carried out by a 'building contractor' who told the homeowners they needed work doing which didn't require doing and to add insult to injury charged them over three times what he had verbally quoted them.
However, help was on hand in the form of Trading Standards from Newham Borough Council who saw to it that the contractor in question was arrested as he turned up for work today. The police had been informed and were prepared for his arrival.
Friday 13th was not a lucky day for this contractor. Lee was quite surprised as they confiscated his brand new '17 plate' van, tools, mobile phones and probably other items too. If the court find in favour of NBC then the items confiscated will be sold under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. This is not the end of it as Lee believes previous customers that NBC are aware of are going to be contacted to find out if they have been scammed to.
The contractor had no affiliations we are aware of. There is less chance of something going wrong if you have a look through the members of organisations such as the Federation of Master Builders www.fmb.org.uk or the National Federation of Roofing Contractors Limited www.nfrc.co.uk for a contractor. Remember contractors have to make an effort to join and pay a membership fee to be members of these organisations and are also vetted. They are also more likely to keep abreast of changes in legislative standards and keep update with training. For example Lee just checked a roof in which not one tile was mechanically fixed, the latest British Standards require every tile to be fixed. The cheap contractor may not be so cheap after all and in the last few months I have been assisting homeowners who have been scammed from £15k to probably ~£50k or more. Ask them what they will do next time they require a contractor.
This item will be updated once the outcome is fully known and concluded.