Kitchen renovator fined

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A Darch man has been found guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court of 4 offences under the Home Building Contracts Act. Joseph Sandon operating as J.J’s Custom Kitchens was fined $4,200 and ordered to pay costs of $271.

“This trader undertook kitchen and bathroom renovation work for a customer in Dianella and demanded a 50% deposit on work valued at almost $11,000,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

“Building laws provide that traders may only seek 6.5% of the total value of any residential contract over $7,500 as a deposit, and can only seek other payments that are set out in the formal schedule of payments.

“The court found that Mr Sandon unlawfully obtained a higher deposit than he was entitled to, demanded a non-genuine progress payment, failed to comply with an Order and entered a non-complying contract.

“Building laws are in place to protect consumers and those traders who do the right thing by their customers, and we will continue to pursue and prosecute recalcitrant operators,” Mr Gow said.

Generally, a person undertaking building works must be licensed if the total of the work is valued at over $20,000.

The Building Commission regulates and develops Western Australia’s dynamic and diverse industries involved in building, painting and plumbing.

To check if a builder 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 Ph: 9476 1335  M: 0409 118 982  mike.winchester@commerce.wa.gov.au

Building Commission
Media release
13 Dec 2011

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