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Warning To Check Glazing Installers in Pocklington and Market Weighton

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9:28am 9th May 2013

Homeowners in Pocklington and Market Weighton who are planning to carry out new glazing work are being advised to check that the work is carried out by an approved installer, say the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Since 2002 it has been a legal requirement that both new installations and replacement windows and door glazing are approved by local authority building control inspectors or an installer registered with a competent person scheme such as the Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme (FENSA).

The Council says there are currently seven competent person schemes available for replacement windows. Details of these schemes can be found at https://www.gov.uk/competent-person-scheme-current-schemes-and-how-schemes-are-authorised.

East Riding trading standards carried out a recent check on advertisements for glazing installers and repairers to ensure that any claims of FENSA registration in the East Riding are valid, and the checks showed that all those checked were genuine.

Registered installers are approved to carry out glazing work to comply with building regulations, without involving local authority building control.

Homeowners who use an unregistered installer or do the work themselves need to seek approval from either the East Riding of Yorkshire Council building control or an approved inspector.

Trading standards are advising homeowners to check if their installer is registered with a registered competent person scheme before work commences on their property.

They add that this ensures that homeowners are not caught unaware of any additional costs or possible legal action.

Councillor Jackie Cracknell, the council’s portfolio holder for community involvement and performance, said: “In the current economic climate a glazing repair is often a more suitable option than a replacement, however homeowners must ensure they check the competency of the installer. This will help prevent homeowners being caught out by additional costs for the work to be certified.”

“Homeowners need to be aware that they must comply with building regulations. Checking whether or not an installer is a competent person allows you to shop around, be fully aware of any potential costs for certification and ultimately saves you money in the long run.”

For information on building control issues please contact 0845 0268969, or visit http://www2.eastriding.gov.uk/environment/planning-and-building-control/building-control/.

For advice on consumer rights please contact Citizens Advice consumer service on 0845 4040506, or visit http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer_service.

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