Dodgy builders caught in sting

FOUR suspected unlicensed builders were caught working on flood-affected Ipswich construction sites, according to the results of a Building Services Authority sting released last week.

Audit teams made up of building inspectors visited 58 work sites, interviewing 124 contractors during the building licence blitz which began on October 24.

The unlicensed builders performed non-structural repairs such as replacing plasterboard and paint work, and door and joinery work which did not need to be demolished.

Building Services Authority general manager Ian Jennings said the audit highlighted the effectiveness of inspections in protecting home owners from unlicensed contractors, and protecting licensed contractors from unfair competition.

"If home owners are concerned about the quality of building work, they can lodge a complaint with the BSA, who could issue a 'direction to rectify defective work' against the contractor," Mr Jennings said.

The contractor would be forced to engage a licensed entity to rectify the work.

Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully said it was pleasing to see the use of unlicensed builders wasn't widespread in the Ipswich community.

"I think it's a good sign that people are doing the right thing. Hopefully if they do that exercise again in the future it would be a similar result," he said.

Cr Tully said homeowners should always hire licensed builders and should check their credentials.

"People should insist on seeing their registration details, confirming they are a registered builder. It guarantees professional workmanship."

Mr Jennings agreed, saying it was important to check the contractor's licence card and ensure the person they were dealing with and the name of the cardholder were the same

Mr Jennings said when they were invited to, audit teams inspected the quality of work.

 

AUDIT TIME

  • BSA inspectors visited 58 flood-affected properties in Ipswich.
  • Home owners should conduct a free licence search on the BSA's website.
  • Fines for unlicensed builders reach $25,000.


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