Warning On Dishonest Activity Following Storms

NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers and businesses on the Central Coast in NSW to be wary of anyone offering cheap roof repairs in the Bateau Bay area following hail storms on Thursday afternoon.

Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said the agency had received reports from local residents in Bateau Bay over the past several days of traders knocking on doors offering to repair damages at very cheap rates.

There have also been reports of people posing as insurance assessors now active on the Central Coast.

Fair Trading has received intelligence of an 87 old dementia sufferer who reported two men posing as insurance assessors door knocking then saying they would return next week to carry out repairs to the house and replace the carport.

Mr Stowe encouraged the public to be careful when approached by tradies offering their services via door knocking or people posing as insurance assessors from companies the home owner had no previous affiliation with.

“People offering or carrying out home building work valued at more than $5,000 (labour and materials) on residential properties in NSW are required to be licensed,” Mr Stowe said.

“Consumers should ask to sight a licence, which is similar to a credit card with details of the trader’s name and licence category. If damage has been reported to a consumer’s insurance provider, they should contact that provider to ensure the caller is genuine.”

Licences for tradies can be checked online at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.

Central Coast consumers who have concerns may contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20 or lodge a complaint at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.