Turn the clock back 50 years, and it’s surprising that a large number of properties and property extensions built during that time, haven’t fallen down. Or perhaps they have. It was the boom time for cowboy builders – and building inspectors who weren’t averse to the odd free package holiday.
Although things have improved to a point, as far as jerry-building is concerned, it is still alive and well. Almost 2.5 million disputes between home owners and incompetent ‘tradesmen’ reached the UK courts in just three years between 2008 and 2011.
Many of these disputes involved what we would call ‘small works’, single storey property extensions and loft conversions. Internal property improvements such as kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom refits, adding additional electrical points and light fittings, and general home redecoration work, have all seen homeowners and property landlords in dispute with builders over shoddy, and in some cases, downright dangerous workmanship.
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