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Tradesmen supplier condemns price rigging

The Property Owners Directory has slammed 'widespread cowboy building practices' in the construction industry following the Office of Fair Trading's investigation announced today.

The POD, a supplier for recommended tradespeople of the National Landlords Association, has welcomed the Office of Fair Trading’s decision to investigate more than 100 construction firms in England for ‘bid rigging’.

POD director Andy Stern said: “This decision shows just how widespread cowboy building practices are in the construction sector... What is most worrying from this investigation is that this unscrupulous practice appears to be so systematic throughout the building sector.

“Recent Government surveys have shown that 51 per cent of people do not trust tradesmen and cowboy builders have overtaken used car salesmen as the number one consumer gripe.

"Property owners and investors need to make sure they get at least two or three detailed written quotes from building contractors as well as recommendations from these contractors’ clients on work they have recently completed."