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Government looks to shoot more cowboys

The government is hoping to crack down on cowboy builders as it seeks views on its plans to give local authorities more power to prosecute for illegal and botched jobs.
Authorities currently have only six months from completion of non-compliant work to bring a prosecution for breaches of building regulations. However, defects may not be immediately obvious, so the government’s new consultation paper seeks to increase the time limit to two years.

The government says that a more efficient enforcement regime should be a more effective deterrent to unscrupulous and lazy builders.

The document stresses that prosecution is aimed at wilful or repeated non-compliance and not one-off minor failures.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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