Warning over rogue roof cleaners in Leicester

Rogue traders offering to pressure-wash roofs for high prices in Leicester have prompted a warning from officials.

The city council's trading standards officers said they had received three complaints after the cold callers had asked for £3,000 for the work.

As well as the exorbitant cost, the treatment is likely to dislodge tiles or mortar and is largely unnecessary, officers said.

Two households were approached in Netherhall and one in the West End.

False names

Evidence in a recent trading standards prosecution involving pressure washing roofs said the procedure is "rarely if ever recommended by professionals ... the displacement of mortar is a risk factor associated with pressure-washing."

In addition to carrying out unnecessary work, rogue traders often give false names and addresses, making them impossible to trace, the council said.

Trading standards spokesman Ronald Ruddock added: "If you do require remedial work on your house you should aim to get three quotes and aim to choose a trader with a good reputation and name and address which can be verified."

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