Company fined over numerous building offences

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Limestone Creations Pty Ltd – T/as Urbano Unique Stone

Port Kennedy trader Urbano Unique Stone has been fined $1,400 and ordered to pay costs of $524 in the Rockingham Magistrates Court for three offences relating to the Home Building Contracts Act, with work valued at $8,890.

“This company failed its customer when it didn’t include information in a home building work contract about bobcat hire, material for soak wells and the installation of solar lighting," Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

“A prescribed notice was not given to the customer before she signed the contract, and this resulted in her not knowing what her rights and obligations under the Act were.

“Urbano Unique Stone charged the consumer $2,500 as a deposit on a $8,890 job, when the Act requires that no more than 6.5% of the total cost can be charged. In this case they were only entitled to ask the consumer for a $572 deposit.

“During 2007, the company’s representative was given a formal warning about this kind of misconduct but it was the company that was prosecuted and although these were the company’s first offences, the failure to provide mandatory information to consumers is considered serious,” Mr Gow said.

The company has since advised the Building Commission that it has improved its processes to ensure that it does not commit the same offences again.

To check if a builder, painter or plumber is registered, or for other building industry advice, visit www.buildingcommission.wa.gov.au or telephone 1300 489 099.

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Media contact: Mike Winchester 9476 1335 or 0409 118 982  mike.winchester@commerce.wa.gov.au

Building Commission
Media release
07 Dec 2011

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