ActionFraud, the UK’s national fraud centre, is dealing with several complaints from tradesmen who claim that a property maintenance firm has conned them out of cash.
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Missing maintenance work
UK Property Repair Ltd charges tradesmen £2,000 each, with the promise of ‘guaranteed contract work’ maintaining over 400 properties.
But several small business owners have complained to the police, claiming that they handed over the cash but the maintenance work never materialised.
The property company’s website encourages tradesmen to get in touch, saying: “If you are looking for more work, a glowing reputation and extra income, UK Property Repair could have the perfect package for you.”
Tradesmen angry at losing cash
Graham Sargent from Plymouth said his firm GSP Solutions has not had a single call-out since signing up with UK Property Repair, and added: “I was asked to go to a meeting with an estate agent who would organise jobs but it became clear UK Property Repair had cold-called them and asked them to meet me. That’s something I could do without paying £2000.”
Rob Turner, who runs Yorkshire-based RT Plumbing and Heating, has had a similar experience. He said: “If it had worked how they pitched it to me I would have had around £15,000 back by now. I paid my deposit and they’ve done nothing.”
UK Property Repair denies wrongdoing
The firm’s contract manager Derek Orr denied that there was an issue with how UK Property Repair was dealing with tradesmen, saying:
“We’ve got about 322 engineers on with us throughout the UK. I can assure you that out of all the companies we’ve got working with us, we have just nine cases like this. There are reasons why these nine are in dispute and the fault does not lie with us.”
ActionFraud have confirmed that complaints are being assessed.
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