OAP’S family slam builder
Huge bill for botched roof work
A pensioner was conned out of thousands of pounds by a cowboy builder, her family claimed.
The woman in her 70s says she paid a Wishaw workman £2000 cash to fix a problem with her roof after finding the company online.
The woman believed the job to have been repaired fully after being told so by the workman, only to discover days later it was not watertight.
The Motherwell woman’s daughter said: “We’re absolutely disgusted this has happened to my mum.
“She feels so stupid for believing this company was legit. The man in charge seemed very professional and told her everything she wanted to hear.
“She’s really upset that she fell for the man’s lies and is gutted someone could be so horrible to her.”
The woman realised her roof had not been fixed properly during a heavy downpour at the start of the month. There was water pouring out of her bathroom ceiling, causing extensive destruction.
The woman’s son-in-law called the workman to tell him what was happening. The builder said he would be straight over to sort it out but never showed up.
The householder’s family had a look at the roof and were horrified to discover the standard of workmanship. The builders had removed the woman’s skylight and patched the hole on the roof with very different roof tiles to what was already there.
Her furious daughter added: “When we saw what they had done we were shocked. It looked dreadful and very unprofessional. No wonder there was water coming through.
“It definitely had not been fixed properly.
“Given the amount of money my mum had paid, we would have expected the job to have been carried out to a high standard.”
The pensioner’s family have contacted police and Trading Standards about the issue.
They have also now had to arrange to pay another company to repair the problems caused by the original builders.
Chief Inspector Mark Leonard said: “There will be bogus workmen out there who look to prey on vulnerable people.
“If people have any concerns they should contact police and Trading Standards immediately.
“These people are working in daylight hours. They seem legitimate but they target elderly people.
“We work closely with our partners at Trading Standards to try and eliminate this problem.”
Paul Bannister from Trading Standards said: “Beware of traders who ask to be paid in cash upfront. Never pay for work before it is completed and don’t hand over large sums of cash.”
She is gutted someone could be so horrible to her.”
Shocker The family were horrified by the work