Builder Fined for Trading Standards Breach

Andrew Fennell, a builder, undertook work on an extension at a Stourbridge property that was so substandard that it had to be demolished and rebuilt. He was sentenced at Dudley Magistrates’ Court following a prosecution by Dudley Council’s Trading Standards department.

The extension which was a two storey development was so poor that it had to be demolished and rebuilt by a new builder. This cost the consumer an additional £28,850.

Mr Fennell pleaded guilty at Dudley Magistrates Court on 24 March to failing to demonstrate ‘professional diligence’ under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. He also failed to give the customer the right to cancellation.

Mr Fennell  was fined £550 and ordered to pay a £55 victim surcharge plus compensation of £12,820 to the homeowner. He was also ordered to pay a £1,000 contribution towards the prosecution’s costs.

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