Commissioner visits to make sure everyone gets a fair go

NEW South Wales Commissioner for Fair Trading Rod Stowe is spending this week in the Ballina area running free workshops aimed at encouraging consumers and business owners to learn more about their rights and responsibilities.

Mr Stowe said there would be free information sessions for real estate agents, landlords, associations, strata residents and operators, home builders, community workers and motor dealers and repairers.

Aside from visiting local traders to ensure they understand their rights and responsibilities, Mr Stowe said Fair Trading inspectors would also be undertaking inspections on motor vehicle dealers and repairers and builders.

With recent widespread flood damage across the region, he said it was particularly important for locals to ensure those carrying out repairs to their homes were fully qualified.

"When hiring a tradesmen, people should first ask for identification and their licence number," he said.

"They should then call Fair Trading to check the licence category to ensure the tradesperson is qualified to carry out the particular type of work and check any outstanding orders against them by Fair Trading. Homeowners should also check with their insurance company prior to commencing any work."

For information, phone 133 220 or visit the website fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.



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