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Act against cowboy builders

Submitted on Tuesday 6th December 2011

Published on Wednesday 7th December 2011

Current status: Closed

Closed: Thursday 7th June 2012

Signatures: 6

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Act against cowboy builders

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Currently there’s no protection against cowboy builders, who can rip people off with impunity.

Many cowboys operate outside of the law. They may seem respectable and trustworthy, but often deliver shoddy, unfinished, or over priced work, resulting in huge bills for their innocent victims. Whilst it’s possible, for some expense, to get a County Court Judgement against these rogues, this is all but impossible to enforce, especially if the rogue has taken the simple precaution of having no assets in their name. Further there are no effective trade bodies to register or check the reliability of builders. All in all it’s a free for all for the cowboys.

In Australia they have mandatory building insurance. Effectively a premium on the cost of a building job of c4%, but the result is every single building job is insured against the cowboys. Such a simple system could save stress and financial hardship, whilst ensuring the whole building industry operates to a higher standard.

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