The directors of The Patio Guys (WA) Pty Ltd (in liquidation), Sean and Roberta Keown, have been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for offences committed by the company.
In the Bunbury Magistrates Court on 29 May 2017, Mr and Mrs Keown were each ordered to pay fines totalling $1,500 and ordered to pay costs of $578 after pleading guilty to three charges each.
The first two charges related to two contracts entered into by the company in 2014 to supply and install a wrap-around veranda, a gable garage and a gable patio at an
Australind property for a combined total value of $24,820.
Each of the contracts provided for the company to receive a deposit in excess of 6.5 per cent of the total work value which is an offence under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991.
The third charge related to the company’s failure to comply with a building remedy order issued by the Building Commissioner in February 2015, which is an offence under the Building Services (Complaint Resolution and Administration) Act 2011.
“Contracts for home building and associated work valued between $7,500 and $500,000 must meet the requirements set out in the Home Building Contracts Act,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.
“Paying a deposit in excess of 6.5 per cent for home building work is one of the critical mistakes that can expose consumers to financial loss.”
Further information for home owners is available on the Building Commission website at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission/building-or-renovating-your-home.
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