Trading standards

Make a complaint about goods or services

Make a complaint 

This link goes to the Citizens Advice Bureau. They’ll advise you about your rights, and refer it to us if there’s something we should investigate. You can also phone them on 03454 040506 or text them on 18001 03454 040506.

They also provide letter templates to help you if you need to write to a trader. See Citizens Advice letter templates.

 For general advice for consumers see Citizens Advice, consumer.

Business advice

Advice about the laws affecting you is available online at the business companion. If you can't find what you need there, or it’s unclear, please call us on 020 8753 1081, or email us at trading.standards@lbhf.gov.uk.

Scams and doorstep crime

Conmen may pretend your roof needs repair, or that they are officials who need to enter your home. They may also target you or your business by letter, email, telephone call, or a text message. You can protect yourself.  Find out more about scams and doorstep crime.

About H&F trading standards

What we do

There are laws to ensure consumers get a fair deal. Many are civil laws, which give buyers rights they can use to get compensation or a refund. Some are criminal laws, and traders who break those laws can be fined or sent to prison.

We enforce criminal laws meant to encourage fairer trading. They may be about the quantity, price or description of goods and services. They may also be about the safety of goods you buy. We achieve this by:

  • advising local businesses on how to comply with the law
  • investigating complaints
  • working in partnership with other agencies such as the police
  • working on projects to protect people, including honest traders
  • taking appropriate action: we prefer to advise, but we will prosecute where necessary.

Our current priorities

Unsafe goods and product recalls

Sometimes products have to be recalled by the manufacturer, usually for safety reasons.

The Electrical Safety First website has information about recalls of electrical goods. It also allows you to register electrical goods, so that you are told if they are withdrawn.

Up to date information about recalls, including goods in general and food, is available at Trading Standards product recalls.

Our enforcement policy

Sometimes we need to take action against traders who don’t comply with the law. We follow an enforcement policy when doing so. Read the H&F Environmental Services Enforcement Policy (pdf).

Recent prosecutions in H&F

Cutting corners helped a Fulham trader undercut rivals, but landed him and the business with a £21,500 bill at court.

Contact us

If you need further guidance please email us on trading.standards@lbhf.gov.uk, or call on 020 8753 1081.

Trading Standards
PO Box 66532
London W8 9GL

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