$7,000 fine for unregistered painter

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Carl James Taggart, trading as CJT Paints, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for unregistered painting work he carried out at a Piara Waters property in October 2013.

In proceedings finalised in the Armadale Magistrates Court on 14 May 2015, Mr Taggart was ordered to pay a fine of $7,000 and costs of $594.30 after pleading guilty to one charge of unregistered painting work under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.

The unregistered painting work carried out by Mr Taggart was of a value of $3,580.

In Western Australia, it is an offence to carry out painting work valued over $1,000 for another person for profit or reward without the required registration.

Mr Taggart was a registered painter from 2005 to 2008 but had allowed his registration to lapse. Consumers are warned that despite being unregistered, Mr Taggart continues to advertise his services on the website www.cjtpaints.com.

“I strongly encourage home owners to protect themselves by checking their painter has the required registration before engaging them to carry out painting work valued over $1,000,” said Building Commission Acting Executive Director Moshe Gilovitz.

“Choosing a registered painter ensures that a person with the necessary qualifications, knowledge and experience carries out work that meets proper standards, and that they can be tracked down for a refund or warranty claim if you’re not satisfied with the work.

“An online registration check can be conducted on the Building Commission website or phone us for assistance on 1300 489 099.

“The fine imposed by the court in this instance should serve as a warning to anyone who intends to break the building laws that these are serious offences and significant penalties may apply.

“The Building Commission will continue to prosecute and name those who put consumer interests and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”

Information on painters’ responsibilities can also be found on the Building Commission website.

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20 May 2015

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