Property Care Association is urging householders to be vigilant to the problem of unauthorised contractors using its logo.
Last year the PCA had 32 reported cases of logo abuse and 17 cases to date in 2012.
Steve Hodgson, general manager of the PCA, said: “We take logo abuse and false claims of membership very seriously.
“As a well-established and recognised trade association, it is only
natural that many companies aspire to join us, but some unscrupulous
people and organisations try to do so without undergoing our strict
criteria for membership.
“It is important the public is aware of logo abusers. If a member is not
listed on our website then they are not part of the Association.
“Alternatively, if there is any doubt, members of the public should not
hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to confirm a company’s
membership to them.”
The PCA represents the UK’s building preservation industry, working within the structural waterproofing, wood preservation, damp-proofing, flood remediation, invasive weed control and structural repair sectors.
It has highly-trained members across the UK able to tackle property
issues including damp and condensation, the control of invasive plants
such as Japanese Knotweed, the creation of basement conversions and the
repair of properties after flood damage – all working to the
Association’s stringent guidelines and procedures.
As well as delivering a trusted repair procedure, PCA members are also
able to carry out specialist surveys as part of the house-buying
procedure – to identify potential problems.
The PCA is also a member of TrustMark, the Government-backed scheme
which aims to help consumers find reliable and trustworthy tradesmen
when making improvements or repairs to their homes.
Mr Hodgson, added: “When choosing a member of the PCA, consumers can be
certain that they have undergone rigorous, ongoing checks to achieve and
“An expert assessor with a wealth of experience and technical knowledge
has audited every member and checked the quality of their work on site,
carrying out comprehensive technical, financial and operational
“As a result all members are qualified and operate within established
companies – and are able to offer high quality service and peace of mind
that can be supported by independently insured guarantees.
“Ultimately, selecting a Property Care Association member means
consumers benefit from choosing a specialist who has already proved
“That tradesperson or company has put themselves through a rigorous
process to be accepted into membership of the Association, and then
continued to deliver a competent and quality service to maintain that
To contact the PCA call 0844 375 4301 or log on to www.property-care.org