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For the second time, property owners are being warned not to fall into the trap of using unlicensed people to conduct work on renovation projects, or they risk invalidating their insurance.

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The PGDB detailed the case of a man, who after submitting a guilty plea was sentenced by the Christchurch District Court to a $675 fine for carrying out restricted plumbing work without authorisation. He was ordered to pay $130 in court costs and $226 for solicitor’s fees.

For its part, the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) also warned of the use of unregistered and unqualified persons to do sanitary plumbing, gasfitting or drainage work. Doing so may invalidate the property’s insurance cover in the event of a loss resulting from the work undertaken, the ICNZ added.