Unscrupulous construction tradespeople who take advantage of the NSW bushfire crisis to charge exorbitant fees risk losing their licenses and will be hit with hefty fines, the New South Wales state government has warned.

Sending out a message to landlords, tradespeople and retailers, state Premier Barry O’Farrell warned that the government would not tolerate price gouging and would come down severely on anyone who engaged in the practice. The call follows an incident in which a landlord in the Lower Blue Mountains area sought…