A Joondanna tradesman who falsely claimed to be a registered painter has been fined $5,000 at Perth Magistrates Court for several offences under WA’s building laws.
Alex Mazloomi, trading as Arios Painting and Decorating, did not appear in court on 5 October when he was found guilty of six charges brought by the Building Commissioner.
The court heard that Mr Mazloomi was not a registered painter when he completed $8,800 worth of painting services at a Dianella home. Under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 (BSRA), only registered painters can provide paid painting services valued at more than $1,000.
The contract for the work listed a false painter registration number, which was an additional breach of the BSRA.
Mr Mazloomi also fell foul of the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 (HBCA) because the contract, and a subsequent variation, were not signed by both parties.
In addition, he requested and received a deposit of approximately 17 per cent of the total contract. The HBCA dictates that a deposit must not exceed 6.5 per cent of the value of the work.
Building Commissioner Ken Bowron encouraged home owners to check the Register of Painters (via www.dmirs.wa.gov.au) before signing a contract for painting services with a value exceeding $1,000.
“Registration ensures the painter has appropriate qualifications and skills,” he said.
“I welcome the significant fine imposed in this case as the conduct misled the public and cast a shadow on the registered painters who operate with diligence and integrity.”
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