A giant banner claiming a ‘cowboy builder’ might have been at work on a house in Gaywood has become the talk of the town.
It has been draped across scaffolding outside the front of the house in Wootton Road – one of the main approaches to Lynn used by thousands of motorists every day.
The banner certainly caught the eye of West Norfolk councillor Gary McGuinness, who tweeted: “This must have taken a huge effort by someone burned by a cowboy builder.”
And yesterday it led to several other building and roofing contractors contacting the new house owners and offering to put right the problems at reasonable cost and, in one case, before Christmas.
Engaged couple Peter Mortin and Fran Ikin, who have moved into the property despite it leaking when it rains and having no heating, hot water or drains, put up the banner on Sunday out of frustration with their builder.
They allege the house has been left in this virtually uninhabitable state by a West Norfolk builder who they asked to carry out internal and external work that needed doing on it ready for when they moved in from rented accommodation.
Ms Ikin said the builder claimed to have 20 years’ experience in the trade and the ability to carry out electrical work, installation of appliances and plastering, as well as making building alterations and additions to the house.
They gave him the job after he allegedly told them he could carry out repairs needed to the roof for half the price they had been quoted by another builder. But Ms Ikin said he eventually wanted £11,800 for all the work inside and outside the house.
She said the first sign that something was wrong was after the wall between the lounge and dining room had been knocked through. She said supports were needed to hold the roof up and the plasterwork looked shoddy.
In the bathroom, a hole appeared in the ceiling where tiles had been pulled off and this had to be boarded up.
And in the main bedroom, there was a damp patch on the ceiling and water was coming through when it rained because that part of the roof had been left exposed.
Outside, a concrete area for a kitchen extension was left uneven and needed levelling, and nothing has been done about constructing a conservatory with a dwarf wall, for which he had been paid, she said.
The Lynn News tried to contact the builder whose name appears on the banner by phone yesterday, and left messages on answerphones, but without success.