Hills painter fined for registration rort

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Darlington man Rupert Heath Sherrier John, trading as Darlington Painting Services, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration offences.

In proceedings finalised at the Midland Magistrates Court on 9 January 2015, Mr John was ordered to pay fines of $5,000 and costs of $814.30 after pleading guilty to two charges under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.

The first charge against Mr John was for holding out or implying that he was a registered painting contractor when he was not. The offence occurred between November 2012 and July 2013, when Mr John advertised his services in the Darlington Review newspaper. The advertisement stated “no job too big or small” and an expired registration number that did not belong to him.

The second charge was for carrying out painting work valued over $1,000 at a Darlington property between February and May 2013 without the required registration.

In Western Australia, it is an offence to carry out painting work valued over $1,000 for another person for profit or reward, or to advertise your services in a way that implies you are a registered painter when you are not.

“The registration system is an important protection for consumers and the building industry – it ensures that a person with the necessary qualifications, knowledge, experience and insurance carries out work that meets proper standards,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

“Anyone intending to break the building laws is reminded that these are serious offences that not only can attract significant penalties but can also compromise public safety.

“People intending to carry out a prescribed building service are reminded they should check if registration is required before starting. When engaging the services of a building service provider, consumers can conduct an online registration check on the Building Commission website or contact us for assistance.

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

Visit the Building Commission website www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/building-commission, phone 1300 489 099 or email bcinfo@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

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Note: Mr John obtained registration as a painting contractor on 15 April 2014, prior to the prosecution.

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