IPHAS members across the UK are being warned to look before they leap when being contacted about free energy and heating upgrades to their park homes
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IPHAS Members Warned to Look Before they Leap

We are delighted to have been working with IPHAS – the UK’s Independent Park Home Advisory Service – to highlight to its members the growing concerns of mail shots from companies offering free or subsidised energy grants who are carrying out substandard work.

Following a piece we wrote in the most recent IPHAS newsletter which went out to its 6,000 members, IPHAS was contacted by a lady in Cornwall who wrote to say she had been offered a free boiler by a company hundreds of miles away in the North West. She took up the offer but when they were finished she was left £500 out of pocket and with broken radiators a faulty shower and leaking taps.

Now Happy Energy is taking up the fight on behalf of this lady but has warned other IPHAS members to do their homework before allowing tradesmen into their home.

Happy Energy CEO Adrian Wright says high numbers of grant eligible park homes in non-mains gas areas are now attracting some rogue traders wanting to take advantage of the Help to Heat funding.

“The grants available through the Help to Heat Programme are a fantastic opportunity for park home owners – particularly those on income related benefits who qualify – to upgrade their boilers and heating systems very often free of charge.

“However we are becoming increasingly aware of companies targeting park home sites – many from the North West and North East – that are contacting park home owners before coming in and doing very substandard work. In some cases they are leaving the works unfinished before hot footing it off never to be seen again,” said Adrian.

Our advice is to thoroughly check out any company – who they are where they are from and if they are qualified to do what they say they will – before allowing them into your home. If they do not answer your questions clearly will not tell you where they are from or leave you in any doubt you may want to think twice said Adrian.

To find out more about what energy grants are available to people living in park homes other housing or on income related benefits click here or call the team on 0800 0246 234.

To see this article on the IPHAS website click here

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