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Natural disasters 

Fair Trading staff assistance

Fair Trading officers will be in Lismore and Murwillumbah recovery centres this week to provide information to flood-affected residents. Please come and ask us your tenancy and building related questions.

The times our officers will be available will be updated in the table below.

Date

Time

Location

Tuesday 18th April - Friday 5th May 9am - 4pm

Lismore Recovery Centre
Public Works Facility
120 Dalley Street, East Lismore.
Entrance via Military Road.

Shuttle Bus available (for Community members) from Lismore Town Centre to Recovery Centre.
Running every half an hour on the half hour, daily.

Tuesday 11th - Thursday 13th April 9am - 4pm

Murwillumbah Recovery Centre
Nullum Street, Murwillumbah.

Tuesday 11th - Thursday 13th April 9am - 4pm

Lismore Recovery Centre
Public Works Facility
120 Dalley Street, East Lismore.
Entrance via Military Road.

Shuttle Bus available (for Community members) from Lismore Town Centre to Recovery Centre.
Running every half an hour on the half hour, daily.

Monday 10th April 9am - 4pm 

Lismore Recovery Centre
Public Works Facility
120 Dalley Street, East Lismore.
Entrance via Military Road.

Shuttle Bus available (for Community members) from Lismore Town Centre to Recovery Centre.
Running every half an hour on the half hour, daily.

Monday 10th April 9am - 4pm

Murwillumbah Recovery Centre
Nullum Street, Murwillumbah.

Saturday 8th April 9am - 1pm

Murwillumbah Recovery Centre
Nullum Street, Murwillumbah.

Friday 7th April 7am - 8:30am

Business Recovery Forum
Murwillumbah RSL Club
10 Wollumbin Street
Murwillumbah

Friday 7th April 8:30am - 4pm

Lismore Helping Hands Hub
Lismore Railway Station
Union Street South Lismore

Friday 7th April 9am - 4:30pm

Lismore Recovery Centre
Public Works Facility
120 Dalley Street, East Lismore.
Entrance via Military Road.

Shuttle Bus available (for Community members) from Lismore Town Centre to Recovery Centre.
Running every half an hour on the half hour, daily.

Friday 7th April 9am - 4:30pm

Murwillumbah Recovery Centre
Murwillumbah Community Centre
Nullum Street, Murwillumbah.

Damage to property caused by natural disasters can affect anyone and often catch us unprepared. It can be very disruptive as people rush to have urgent repairs carried out. NSW Fair Trading and other service providers can assist.

Home repairs 

Before undertaking repairs, make sure the tradesperson is licensed for the job that needs doing. Carefully read contracts before signing them and make sure you understand any terms and conditions.

Unsolicited consumer agreements are subject to a 10-day cooling off period and payment cannot be requested during this time.

Search for licensed builders and tradespeople on the Construction Assist website.

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Travelling conmen 

Beware of travelling conmen and unlicensed traders, who target disaster-affected areas, offering cheap, cash-only repairs to roofs, driveways and damaged trees.

If you take up such offers, you run the risk of:

  • substandard work
  • being left out of pocket if the trader disappears before finishing the job
  • being unable to contact the trader once they have been paid
  • paying more to have a legitimate tradesperson repair shoddy work.

Before you employ a tradesperson:

  • check your insurance policy and find out if you are covered
  • ask around for suitable tradespeople and get quotes
  • ask for a tradesperson’s full name and licence number and check they are licensed to do the work
  • do not pay in full up front
  • be wary of door-to-door offers - get proof that the tradesperson is offering the deal legally and appropriately
  • check with your local council if a building permit or other approval is needed.

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Renting your home 

Landlords and tenants have rights and responsibilities if their rental property has been affected by a natural disaster, including arranging for urgent repairs, cleaning or clearing any debris caused by a disaster and arranging for utilities to be restored if they were cut-off due to damage to the property.

Tenants and landlords can call our dedicated hotline on 1800 625 963 for assistance.

More information on natural disasters for a tenant is available. Additionally, you can view information on natural disasters for landlords.

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Rented caravan damaged or uninhabitable 

You can terminate your agreement immediately and go elsewhere. You need to notify the Park Manager. You need to give a notice of termination in writing.

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Furniture or personal belongings damaged 

You need to contact your own insurance company about your contents insurance policy. If you need disaster assistance, visit the Emergency New South Wales website at www.emergency.nsw.gov.au

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Car damage 

Contact your own insurance company to have the damage assessed. If the damage can be repaired, make sure you go to a licensed motor vehicle repairer.

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Credit, debt and insurance problems 

Contact your financial institution or insurer in the first instance. If you are unable to resolve the issue, call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007.

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