Building watchdog cracks down on dodgy storm repairs
QUEENSLAND’s building watchdog has attended multiple Ipswich worksites this week in an effort to crack down on unlicensed tradies operating in the area.
It comes as many builders remain inundated with repair work well into the year following last October’s freak Halloween hailstorms which left thousands of homes across Ipswich with severe damage and many of those uninhabitable.
QBCC compliance investigator Mitch Nunn conducted Thursday’s regular audits throughout worksites across at Rosewood and Walloon.
Inspectors are permitted to undertake licence checks on builders in accordance with the QBCC Act.
The Act mandates that every contractor on a worksite must be licenced or working underneath a licenced individual for jobs that are estimated to be more than $3,300 in value.
QBCC Commissioner Brett Bassett, said the action was aimed at locating and deterring any unlicensed ‘storm chasers’ seeking to cash in on the on storm repairs.
He said it was a warning to unlicensed contractors who attempt to take advantage of desperate homeowners.
“These local families already have the stress of having storm-damaged homes, the last thing they need is to be hit with shoddy repair work by unlicensed contractors.”
Anyone caught performing unlicensed building work faces potential fines and further regulatory action
Fortunately, all was in order for Director of Expert Roofing Services, Clint Richards amid a surprise visit from auditors on Thursday morning.
He was one of 30 sites in the area to be audited.
“It has been a very busy six months for my business. We’re coming to the tail-end of it now which is good, so the minor repairs will follow,” he said.
“We’ve probably completed about 70 entire re-roofs through Springfield, Greenbank and Rosewood.”
“I use subcontractors when there’s a large volume of work, generally I do the smaller repairs on my own with a couple of guys though.”
Another focus of the inspection involved ensuring the use of appropriate signage to identify the worksite.
It comes as repair works on hail-battered homes continue to inundate tradies across Ipswich six months on from the destructive storms.
The most common issue encountered by inspectors involved uninsured homeowners who had been forced to enlist unlicensed workers.
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