Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association
on 25 May 2016
Another example has arisen of people being deceived by unscrupulous operators in the building industry.
A Shellharbour council worker has been found guilty of conducting unlicensed building works outside of his council business. He pleaded guilty to 17 offenses under the Home Building Act and has been ordered to pay $13,145 in fines and costs.
Mr Craig Geoffrey Nolan's unlicensed work included the construction of driveways, retaining walls and major landscaping projects at four properties in the Illawarra region. The unlicensed work, valued at almost $100,000, was only uncovered by NSW Fair Trading after the clients lodged formal complaints with the Department for defective and incomplete work. Mr Nolan's unfortunate clients have been left tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket.
This case again highlights the need for people to ensure they are hiring licensed professionals when embarking on building projects. Consumers should always check the license of anyone they intend to contract before paying any money and before work begins.
Licenses can be checked through the NSW Fair Trading website by clicking here.
You can also check Home Building Compensation Fund Certificates by clicking here.