Through Alain Guillard
Published on 5 Dec 20 at 18:15
The strategy is basic with, at the finish of the line, a salesman who emphatically develops the advantages of vitality renovation. And guarantees, hand on coronary heart, good insulation for the modest sum of 1 euro!
Crooks of all stripes!
The phenomenon has taken on an sudden scale since the launch of the “helping hand” system in 2017.
It permits the most modest households to insulate attics, cellars and exterior partitions for an unbeatable worth: the installers pay a part of the invoice, the National Home Improvement Agency (Anah) and the tax credit score for the vitality transition offset the differential.
And certainly, for 1 €, the “happy beneficiaries” consider decreasing their invoice and their carbon footprint…. besides that crooks of all stripes have rushed into the breach.
Their “ambition”? Attract as many purchasers as doable and hyperlink up the websites to profit from State mechanisms, even when it means botching the work and committing generally irreparable harm.
Because as soon as the subsidies have been cashed, the criminal has taken to the chase, leaving the work behind.
“A well-established process”
“Homeowners end up with a disfigured house, insulating sheets that break down and come off. A real nightmare ”lately confided to our colleagues from Les Échos, Benoit Dulac, president of Bis Renovation Energy, at Evreux. An organization specializing in insulation and which has grown by 4,400% in the house of three years!
The numbers make the much less scrupulous dizzy and get concepts. “The process is well established. And the crooks know exactly where they are going ”suggests Jean-Yves Guyomarch, departmental president ofUFC-What to Choose.
As such, it’s overwhelmed by the complaints and grievances of customers, dazzled, someday or one other, by the mirror with larks.
“I remind you that the association is there to help and support, while knowing that the appeals have very little chance of succeeding” Indeed, the trickster installers pull the costs in territories the place they don’t seem to be established, the Management General Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) can solely intervene in its competence division.
“If the company is registered in Ile-de-France, she knows all the benefit she will be able to derive from a project launched in theEure “Even if it means ignoring certification RGE (Recognized Guarantor of the Environment), nevertheless obligatory; even when it means pulling costs down and neglecting the insulation of thermal bridges in “colander houses”. “It is not uncommon, for example, for the installer to put 20 centimeters of glass wool, where 30 centimeters would have been necessary” …
“Require a detailed estimate before the work”
Well-targeted customers, we mentioned!
“Often, in fact, the victims are people in a situation of social fragility, not necessarily owners, and necessarily destitute in the face of seasoned salespeople” deciphers the president of UFC-Que Choisir who needs to recall some recommendation of prudence and good which means.
“In all circumstances, and all the more so during a period of confinement, it is advisable to avoid following up on telephone canvassing. Or, when an installer comes to your home, you have to ask for a detailed estimate ”insists our interlocutor.
Finally, final suggestion: don’t hesitate to contact an advisor (Energy Info Space) earlier than beginning insulation work which, in the long run, can show to be a supply of ache.
Because as Jean-Yves Guyomarc’h factors out, “even at 1 €, a site must be well done” …