Two roofers who committed consumer protection offences have been sentenced to five months’ imprisonment following an investigation brought by Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards.
Christopher Doherty and Jaye Cardy (both 29), trading as All Type Roofing, charged £15,900 for roofing work on the home of an elderly Oxfordshire resident near Chipping Norton between July and August 2020.
However, an independent expert subsequently said the work was worthless and had been carried out to a very poor standard, with a lack of necessary care and skill.
Doherty and Cardy had previously both pleaded guilty to one breach of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, contravening the requirement to undertake their work with professional diligence.
Councillor Jenny Hannaby, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and Safety, said: “These types of incidents can not only lead to Oxfordshire residents paying out large sums of money for work that is either not carried out properly, or not carried out at all, but also suffering the emotional distress that comes with such situations.
“Our Trading Standards team will continue to work hard to protect residents, whilst also protecting the reputation of the majority of builders who want to do the best for their customers.”
Jody Kerman, Oxfordshire County Council’s Head of Trading Standards, said: “If you are looking to have some repairs or improvements made to your home, take all the time you need to ensure you have found the right trader for you, at a price you are happy to pay. Never agree to having work done by somebody who is just passing or to take their word that any work needs to be done – no matter how small the price may seem or how urgent they claim it to be.”