Double indemnity offences by building company

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Former Geraldton building company DC Constructions (WA) Pty Ltd (Reg. BSC 13219) has been ordered by the Building Services Board to pay a fine of $1,500 to the Building Commissioner for negligent conduct.

The company performed residential building work at properties in Beresford and Moresby in 2012 without a home indemnity insurance policy, which is an offence under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991.

The Building Commission worked collaboratively with the City of Greater Geraldton to bring the matter before the Board for a determination.

Undertaken at the two properties between April 2012 and February 2013, the building work involved renovations and additions and was valued at approximately $150,000.

The company is currently unregistered but was a registered building contractor at the time the offences were committed.

 “It is up to all registered builders to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities under the building laws,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

“The Home Building Contracts Act sets out the minimum requirements for contracts and applies to home building and associated work valued between $7,500 and $500,000.

 “The Act is in place for a good reason; it protects both the home owner and those undertaking home building and associated work.

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

For more information on builders’ responsibilities and the relevant laws, visit the Building Commission website at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/buildingcommission, or contact 1300 489 099 or bcinfo@commerce.wa.gov.au.

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28 Jul 2014

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