80% of builders are calling for something to be done about cowboy builders with more regulation needed in the industry.
Supported by the Federation of Master Builders, they are calling for the government to do something about it. Specifically, they want to introduce a new licensing scheme to help prevent cowboy builders. This would be as part of their new agenda: “Raising the bar: A post-Grenfell agenda for quality and professionalism in construction.”
The Chief Executive of the FMB shared his thoughts on the matter. He stated: “Until we introduce a licensing scheme in construction, cowboy builders will continue to run rampant in our industry.”
“Licensing would ensure a minimum level of competence and professionalism and give consumers greater assurance when hiring a builder.”
“Unlike in the US and Germany, anyone can be a builder in the UK.”
“What this means is that we have allowed a significant minority of cowboy builders to give the whole construction industry a bad name.”
“Our latest research shows that almost 80 per cent of our members are so fed up with rogue builders tarnishing their reputation, they are in favour of introducing a licencing scheme.”
“Our research among consumers also shows that one third of home owners in the UK are so anxious about hiring a dodgy builder that they don’t commission any building work whatsoever.”
“What’s more, the average home owner would spend around £40,000 on major home improvement projects over the next five years if they could be guaranteed a positive experience with their builder.”
“It’s time to release this pent up demand for building work through a licensing scheme consumers can trust.”
He continued: “Even more important than the economic benefits that would come from increasing quality and professionalism in the industry are the safety benefits.”
“The Grenfell Tower tragedy reminded us of the price paid when things go wrong in the construction industry.”
“Grenfell raised serious questions about standards, regulation and compliance within the construction sector.
“And, although we await the results of the Hackitt Review, we want to start a wider conversation about how we can drive up quality and professionalism in construction.”
“As well as calling on the Government to introduce a licensing scheme for builders, the FMB’s new Agenda calls for mandatory warranties for building projects that require building control sign-off to protect consumers further.”
“The FMB would also like to work with industry to develop a ‘general builder’ qualification which would seek to recognise the highest standards of professionalism in the industry.”
Cowboy builders are a real issue within the industry. Not only for the customers they con, but also the impact it has on those within the trade too. In fact, 60% of people felt that it was fair to label tradesmen as cowboys. Take a look at the full report on this here.
Not only that, but the impact of rogue traders can also have lasting impacts on homeowners. Unfortunately, one elderly widow was left feeling completely vulnerable after she was conned. Alongside this, her husband had also passed away leaving her to deal with this trauma alone. Thinking she was making her life easier by adding an extension, the elderly lady was actually cheated out of £16,000.
Luckily though, the true tradies stepped in to save the day. Take a look at her full story here.
But what do you lot think of this? Could this be a solution? Does more need to be done about cowboy builders? Let us know what you think in the comments below.