Open day is a chance for tips on avoiding scams and rogue traders

Typical example of marketing scam

Posted on: 26 May 2016

Trading Standards officers will be on hand to give Exeter householders advice on avoiding rogue traders and scams at a special open day on Friday 3 June.

The event, in Bedford Square, Princesshay from 11am to 2pm, has been organised by the Exeter Private Rental Forum in partnership with Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service, Exeter City Council, Citizens Advice Exeter, and Cartridges Law.

Trading Standards Officers offer tips on staying safe in your home and advice on how to avoid and deal with  scams and rogue traders.

They will also be giving out “No Cold Callers” door stickers and free copies of their directories of trusted traders that are members of the national “Buy With Confidence” scheme.

In addition landlords and tenants who rent property in Exeter will be able to find out more about their rights and responsibilities.

A stall will provide details of what resources are available to people who rent, and where to turn to for help and advice if there are problems,

There will be information on landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities and general housing advice.

Housing experts will be available to answer any queries and offer advice. Free information and resources will be available for both tenants and landlords including the City Council’s recently launched Private Tenant Guide.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s cabinet member responsible

Cllr Roger Croad

Cllr Roger Croad

for Trading Standards, said: “Anybody can fall victim to doorstep crime.

“If a caller tells you they have noticed that your property is in need of repair, always seek other professional opinions,

“If you want work done at home, please remember that you should always use qualified and accredited tradesmen recommended, either by friends or via the Buy With Confidence scheme.”

Councillor Emma Morse, Exeter City Council’s Lead Councillor for Customer Emma Morse Access, and local Devon County Councillor for Pinhoe and Mincinglake said: “The Exeter Private Rental Forum aims to support and inform local landlords and tenants to give them a better understanding of their respective rights and responsibilities, and also where to go for information and advice if things go wrong.

“In the last decade the number of households that rent privately has doubled and the Forum wants to encourage a local private rented sector that allows good landlords and agents to thrive, and offers peace of mind to tenants so that they can access decent and affordable accommodation.”

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