Council warns of fake building inspectors

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QLDC are warning Wanaka residents to be wary of building inspectors turning up without appointment or accreditation. Photo: ODT files
Two fake building inspectors are reported to be on the prowl in Wanaka.

Queenstown Lakes District Council communications manager Naell Crosby-Roe, in a statement today, said the council had received reports of individuals posing as council building inspectors in the Wanaka area to gain access to private residences.

"Both a male and female have sought to access homes within the last month to undertake an inspection for compliance."

There had been one "confirmed attempt" and further anecdotal instances.

Mr Crosby-Roe said the individuals had no confirmed appointment, identification or uniform.

"All inspections or visits undertaken by the [council] building consent team will be booked by prior appointment and the council officer will be able to produce identification confirming they are a [council] employee.

"They will also be wearing [council] branded clothing and their vehicle will also be a [council] car."

Mr Crosby-Roe said police had been notified and he advised any resident receiving an unscheduled visit from an individual claiming to be from the consent team but with no identification to contact police.

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