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Your Money: Lockdown leaving projects in limbo

What to do if your renovation is stalled or cancelled due to virus restrictions

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Refit: Tradespeople are permitted to work only on essential projects until restrictions are eased

Refit: Tradespeople are permitted to work only on essential projects until restrictions are eased

Refit: Tradespeople are permitted to work only on essential projects until restrictions are eased

The fallout from Covid-19 is bad enough without it hitting households bang in the middle of a kitchen extension, a bathroom refit or the dishwasher breaking down. Many families are caught in limbo, as tradespeople can't work, builders have downed tools and there's the worry of them going bust while waiting on normal life to resume.

This week I'm looking at what your consumer rights are if you need to get essential household work completed.

Covid-19 Restrictions

Some tradespeople are considered essential workers. According to Government guidelines, they can carry out 'essential health and related projects' relevant to Covid-19, and deliver emergency services to homes where called out "in areas such as electrical, plumbing, glazing and roofing".