If you have bought any furniture, including floor-coverings, beds, carpets or lounge suites, it must be:
If you have only had the furniture a few weeks or haven't had a reasonable opportunity to check it, you are probably entitled to a refund for a fault or poor description. Alternatively you may request a replacement.
If the fault is only minor and can easily be put right, it is reasonable to accept a repair. This repair should be done to a satisfactory standard at no additional cost to you. If the repair is not carried out to a satisfactory standard, then you are entitled to seek a refund.
If you have had the furniture longer than a few weeks or have had a reasonable opportunity to check it, you may be entitled to a repair or replacement, but this will depend on the circumstances. A repair should be carried out within a reasonable period of time and without causing you significant inconvenience. Any repair should restore goods to a satisfactory condition.
If the furniture cannot be replaced or repaired economically, you are entitled to a refund. The trader may make a reduction from the price you paid to allow for the use you have had from the furniture.
If you are out of pocket in any other way, you may be entitled to compensation over and above the price of the furniture.
If you determine that there is a problem with the furniture you have purchased, do the following:
You need to check if the trader is a member of the Furniture Ombudsman. If so, you can contact the Furniture Ombudsman which is the independent standards body for furniture and floor coverings (including kitchens and bathrooms). The Furniture Ombudsman provides a dispute resolution service and can perform on-site inspections of products. Members are required to follow a code of practice and in the event of an unresolved dispute must accept the ruling of the Furniture Ombudsman.
If the trader is not a member of the FO, the FO will can arrange an independent inspection of the furniture concerned, but cannot intervene any further to assist you with any claim.
You can bring a claim in the courts, but this should be viewed as a last resort, if all other options don't produce the result you're looking for. You should consult a solicitor or the Citizens Advice Bureau advice.
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