Roof­ing racket afoot

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Metropolitan -

SE­NIORS should be aware of re­cent scams in which men are ap­proach­ing el­derly res­i­dents, telling them their roof needs re­pairs and of­fer­ing to do the work for a fee.

Com­mis­sioner for Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Anne Driscoll warned home­own­ers not to deal with the traders.

“Th­ese itin­er­ant traders use high-pres­sure sales pitches to get con­sumers to agree to have their roofs re­paired at sup­pos­edly low cost,” she said.

“The cost of the job is of­ten more than it’s worth and the work is usu­ally sub-stan­dard.

“It’s also dif­fi­cult to track down th­ese traders for a re­fund or to make a war­ranty claim if the con­sumer is not sat­is­fied.

“They are also break­ing con­sumer law by not ob­serv­ing a 10-day cool­ing off pe­riod.

Re­port such traders to con­sumer@ com­merce.wa.gov.au or 1300 30 40 54.

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