A Perth window company and its director have been fined a total of $65,000 for not complying with a Building Commissioner’s order to fix incorrect glass installed at a Mandurah home.
Malaga-based Barrowman Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Perth Window and Door Replacement Company, was contracted to supply and install tinted double-glazed windows and doors at the property at a cost of more than $19,000.
However, the windows fitted to the property were not the ones ordered in the agreed contract.
After unsuccessful attempts to resolve the issue with the company’s sole director, Stuart William Barrowman, the home owner lodged a workmanship complaint with Building and Energy (formerly the Building Commission).
In September 2016, the Building Commissioner issued a building remedy order requiring Barrowman Holdings to rectify the windows and pay for an inspection report.
The company did not comply with this order, which is an offence under the Building Services (Complaint Resolution and Administration) Act 2011.
At Perth Magistrates Court on 22 July 2019, Barrowman Holdings was fined $50,000. As the company’s director, Mr Barrowman was also found liable for the same offence and fined $15,000. The parties were ordered to pay costs of almost $1,000.
Building and Energy A/Executive Director Saj Abdoolakhan welcomed the court’s findings.
“The company’s inaction in this case has no doubt caused significant stress and inconvenience for the home owners involved,” he said.
“This is a significant penalty that should remind all building industry participants that they must meet their obligations, including complying with official orders.”
Media contact: Sarah Roberts – 0466 409 828 or CPmedia@dmirs.wa.gov.au