I am interested to know whether there are any other people who have experienced a situation similar to mine.
You decide to renovate and require tradies to do the work. You find someone, check their license with the Department of Fair Trading (or equivalent) discover they have the correct licenses and go ahead and engage them.
They fail to complete the job, and what they have done is substandard. You try to resolve the situation and fail and eventually make a complaint to DoFT. You go through the process and eventually end up in NCAT (or equivalent) and after many delays and rescheduling for the benefit of the tradie, you do get a judgement in your favour.
You lodge the judgement in the correct court and expect the tradie will pay up. He doesn’t. And because of all the delays all your recovery actions are flagged in advance allowing the tradie to empty his bank account so a garnishee is impossible.In fact he goes on to ignore all communication and subsequent Court Orders until you have exhausted all options available to you.
You are now not only in the invidious position where you have to get the original work re-done, have to pay twice and cannot recover the compensation awarded. The law does NOT support the victim and the tradie gets off scott free, can continue to work without penalty.
So in my opinion checking licenses is all well and good but they don’t denote competency and in the end provide no protection for the consumer.
Have you had this or similar experience?