Sydney residents are on high alert amid a recent influx of unlicensed builders purporting to be anything other than they are. Whilst it often only takes one or two rogue tradies to ruin the reputation of the industry, homeowners are now being urged to check tradespeople for a valid licence.
Dodgy dealings, sneaky scams and customers being left high and dry are all too common these days. With the elderly and those more vulnerable targeted and many homeowners opting to simply rely on recommendations for repairs and renovations, NSW Fair Trading is continuing to monitor and investigate a significant increase of complaints in light of recent events. A rogue unlicensed plumber is the most recent to have allegedly charged exorbitant prices for hot water system replacement and has swindled a local Sydneysider of thousands.
Implications of using an unlicensed tradesperson
If you are renovating, building or simply seeking the services of a tradesperson to undertake a small job at your home or office premises, be aware of the implications that could fall into your lap if something goes pear-shaped. There are certainly plenty of handy men and women who have acquired skills and expertise to tackle even the largest of jobs. However, without having made an effort to legitimise their qualifications or obtain a relevant license, you are potentially handing over your hard-earned money without any guarantee of quality workmanship.
In addition to dealing with the aftermath of shoddy workmanship, one of the most significant risks involved in the hiring of unlicensed contractors comes down to liability. Without securing a valid council permit or turning up at your home without appropriate insurance, any potential injury sustained whilst on the job could see you out of pocket a whole lot more than you planned. And if you turn to a professional to fix a very messy predicament you find yourself in, you may find that no one is willing to touch it.
Is your tradesperson licenced? Check here!
Protect yourself, your family and your assets - ensure your tradesperson is licensed. It only takes a few minutes to check and avoid risking damage to your property or being left with less than acceptable workmanship. Remember to call upon a licensed plumber, electrician or builder, even if your best mate sends one your way highly recommended. A licence is required for all specialist work.
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