The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is warning residents not to risk their homes when it comes to repairing any damage as a result of storms or natural disasters.
QBCC Commissioner Richard Cassidy said sometimes unlicensed contractors took advantage of people who needed homes repaired but did not want to wait for insurance claims.
“It’s really not worth it. The last thing you need is unfinished work that isn’t done by a licensed contractor and not to standard,” he said.
“Our QBCC-licensed contractors have the required qualifications and knowledge of the work they are licensed to carry out and this makes them the only choice to help you rebuild after a severe weather event or disaster.
“Anyone who’s operating without a licence is not only breaking the law but putting the safety of Queenslanders at risk.
“This is why the QBCC’s licensing system is so important as it ensures licensed trades have the right qualifications to carry out the work they are contracted to do.”
Mr Cassidy said following recent flooding in South-East Queensland the QBCC was assisting the recovery effort in Inglewood, Darling Downs.
“We have a presence at the Inglewood Recovery Hub to share essential QBCC information such as licensing registers and provide advice on mould awareness, asbestos management and plumbing impacts after flooding, among other things,” he said.
Mr Cassidy reminded home owners to ensure any work was accompanied by a written contract, that they are not pressured into signing anything without fully understanding it and know who they are contracting with.
You can access a free licence check on the QBCC website to confirm if a person is appropriately licensed
There is also a free find a local contractor search to help consumers locate a local, licensed and skilled tradesperson.
Further information and factsheets on rebuilding after a natural disaster are available on the QBCC website.