Unlicensed building work offences admitted

A Mosgiel man admitted doing unlicensed building and inspection work, and using forged and false documents in Christchurch from 2012 to 2016.

Rodney James Day, 55, pleaded guilty to 15 charges in the Christchurch District Court brought by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Six charges said he held himself out as a person who was licensed to carry out or supervise building work, or building inspection work, and five more charges said he carried out restricted building work while not supervised by a licensed building practitioner.

The forged and false documents charges say in 2016 Day forged a signature of another person (who says he has never met Day) saying that person had reviewed his work and signed off the paperwork for a job in Bryndwr. The paperwork was used for the sale of the property.

He used the same person’s name for work he did in St Albans, also in 2016. The paperwork was lodged with the Christchurch City Council.

Day had never been a licensed building practitioner, but in 2012 told a contracted builder that he was a qualified builder who had worked on a number of different jobs and had been doing building work for 25 years.

He was employed to do major building repairs including removal of walls, building extensions, replacing brick cladding, adding a laundry to a house, and building a house in Diamond Harbour.

Judge Jane Farish remanded Day on bail to be sentenced on September 24.

She asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared to include Day’s suitability for a home detention sentence.

Counsel for the Ministry, Heather McKenzie, said she would be filing a victim impact statement for the sentencing.