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Birmingham City Council

Nail The Rogues

www.birmingham.gov.uk/nailtherogues

Nail the Rogues

Each year, UK homeowners waste £1.5 billion on bad building jobs, registering 111,000 complaints against rogue builders. This summer, Birmingham City Council’s Building and Consultancy Services are tackling the issue head on, with a campaign called ‘Nail the Rogues.’ They have teamed up with Trading Standards and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to give you some useful tips on avoiding rogue builders.

Beware of Rogue Builders

If you need to have some building work done, you will also need to think carefully about choosing a builder.

We’ve all heard about the damage and upset that rogue builders can cause – so it’s very important to choose a quality builder.

Making the public aware of the dangers

This campaign is part of an ongoing process to make homeowners aware that although in the minority, rogue builders not only endanger people’s safety but can also affect the value of their homes. Many homeowners often don’t realise that if they employ rogue builders that carry out work that falls short of regulation standards, they can be responsible for costly remedial works when the ”so called” builder disappears. Unfortunately, many of Birmingham’s residents realize too late, when they come to sell their house and the problems show up in solicitors’ searches.

The information provided as part of ‘Nail the rogues,’ campaign offers easy to follow, practical advice for all homeowners considering building, with important points such as: getting at least three quotes for building work, using a written contract, not dealing in cash and avoiding paying large sums upfront before the work has started.

Of course, you will need to check whether your project requires building regulations approval or planning permission.


For more information

Please contact Birmingham City Council’s Building and Consultancy Services on 0121 675 7006 or email building.consultancy@birmingham.gov.uk

If you have any queries about planning permission you can ring the planning helpline on 0121 303 1115

For independent advice about finding a builder, contact:

The Federation of Master Builders on 0121 421 2241 or visit www.findabuilder.co.uk