Homeowners told to watch for unlicensed work

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 12:00 25/01/2013

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Manawatu homeowners are being urged to check the credentials of tradespeople before letting them work on their homes over the summer.

Since March last year, all tradespeople have had to be licensed under the Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme.

Carrying out work without a licence is illegal. However, unlicensed people can carry out some types of work on their own homes.

The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board chief executive Max Pedersen said the quality of work by an unlicensed tradesperson could not be guaranteed.

"Unlicensed plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers potentially place consumers in harm's way with their poor skills.

"New Zealanders have the right to have confidence that any plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying service provided to them is safe and compliant.

"We're reminding homeowners not to risk their family's health and safety or their insurance over the holiday season by hiring unauthorised tradespeople to undertake work."

As summer was usually a busier time for tradespeople, it was a good time for homeowners to be on guard, he said.

The Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment looks after the licence scheme and is able to punish licensed tradespeople who do work they are not supposed to.

But it is limited in what it can do about unlicensed people.

To check if your tradesperson is licensed, see builditright.govt.nz.

A list of licensed plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers can be found at pgdb.co.nz.

They are also required to carry their licence.

They also have to show it to homeowners if that is requested.

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