New here but thought would be a good place to start.
Here in Australia, part of the governments "Stimulus Package" to help with
the recession and to show they care about environment, have offered for
eligible home owners only a $1600 rebate to have insulation installed in
A large number of various trades like air conditioning contractors, roofing
companies, building trades etc have rushed at the chace to become approved
installers and are heavily marketing their offers to provide this "free
A few family members and friends have taken up this offer. It seems if you
have a modest home, and earnings under the income threshold you get your
whole house done for "free"
A few of the people I know who have had this work done have had a few
Installers damaging the plasterboard (Dry wall) ceiling - ie: foot through
the ceiling and walking off the job saying ceiling was already in poor
condition and not taking responsibility for repairs, (3 occasions of this
Installers saying the works are complete then the home owner going into the
ceiling a few days later to have a look and finding large "hard to get at"
areas being not insulated. - (1 occasion of this happening so far)
My elderly mother had a "foot through the ceiling" She called me when it
happened (I was out of state & couldn't help her straight away) and I told
her not to approve the work complete, but the installed pressured her to
sign a govt form when he "finished" the work. (So he can be paid I guess) I
called the govt department who arranges this work and was told there was
nothing the could do to stop payment and they are not responsible for
intervening with problems like this. The guy wont return my calls and has
written a letter to my mother saying her ceiling was in poor condition
before he started and he is not accepting liability for the damage.
Any ideas on where to start with tacking something like this? I really feel
something needs to be done about this sort of behaviour....
I have tried the building services authority, but they don't consider this
Thanks for reading and any suggestions are welcomed.
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.