Rogue roofer inflated quote for missing tiles from £50 to £6,000 during Covid-19 lockdown in Milton Keynes

Trading Standards officers at MK Council have foiled a roofing repair scam and saved a resident from a £6,000 bill.

Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 2:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 6:17 pm

The rogue trader cold-called on a resident and claimed missing tiles on the roof were causing significant leaks.

They said they could carry out replacement work for a fee of £50.

Once the resident had agreed to pay for the work to be completed, the rogue traders inflated the bill to £6,000 – more than 100 times their original quote.

The roof has now been repaired by a reputable trader

MK Council's Trading Standards team quickly stepped in when the resident raised concerns, and successfully stopped any work taking place.

The roof has since been repaired by a trading standards approved local trader.

Sue Crawley, Trading Standards Manager at the council said: “We’re pleased to have successfully put a stop to this rogue trader’s activity and helped save a resident a vastly inflated fee for what was a very simple piece of repair work."

She added: “We’re cracking down on rogue traders in Milton Keynes. We’ve seen an increased number of cold callers knocking on people’s doors as more people are at home, so we’re encouraging residents to be extra vigilant during the pandemic.”

Rogue roofer foiled

If you need any work doing, please visit the list of fully approved local traders on www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk.You can report Covid-19 incidents to MKC’s Trading Standards team here.

Anybody with concerns about work they have had done should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 (Freephone) for advice.