The Building Commissioner has renewed his warning to consumers not to deal with an unregistered painter who is continuing to advertise and carry out unauthorised painting work despite having been successfully prosecuted in 2012.
A media release and photograph of Cody Raymond Williams was released by the Building Commission in August 2013 warning consumers that the rogue trader was advertising his services as a painter in several metropolitan newspapers, on power pole signs and on the Gumtree and Facebook websites.
The media coverage assisted Building Commission investigators to identify more residential sites in relation to Williams – in Ferndale, Girrawheen, Shenton Park and Huntingdale – and has resulted in several new allegations against him. These allegations include advertising and carrying out prescribed building work without registration; contractual offences; and receiving excessive deposits and in some cases not returning to carry out the work.
In the case of the Shenton Park property, it is alleged that after quoting for painting work valued at $13,865 and a roof replacement valued at $19,566, Williams took a $10,000 deposit for the roof replacement but never returned to do the work. In quoting for roof painting work at a Lathlain property, it is alleged that Williams obtained a $2,000 deposit in May 2014 but no work has been carried out and the owner has been unable to contact Williams.
Williams is the sole director of a company called Beyond Industries Pty Ltd and is also known to operate under unregistered business names including ‘Full Roof Restorations’, ‘Roof Restorations’ and ‘C & D Roofing’ and may use alias names including ‘Tony Williams’, ‘Peter Williams’ and ‘Corey Biggens’ in an attempt to avoid detection.
Building Commissioner Peter Gow reminded consumers to avoid dealing with Williams while the Building Commission pursues further action against him.
“Cody Raymond Williams currently does not hold registration as a painter in Western Australia, which means he is not authorised to carry out painting work valued over $1,000 for payment or reward,” Mr Gow said.
“Williams uses several aliases and unregistered business names to obtain painting work and is breaking the law by advertising and implying that he is entitled to carry out a prescribed building service for others when he is not.
“Anyone who engages a painter to carry out work valued over $1,000 without checking they are registered risks being ripped off and unable to contact them if there are issues with the work.”
Williams was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay costs of $378.80 by the Midland Magistrates Court on 27 June 2012 after being found guilty of two counts of unregistered painting work and two counts of holding himself out to be registered when he was not. Both were offences under the repealed Painters Registration Act 1961. Similar offences apply under the new Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.
If approached to have painting work done by Williams please contact the Building Commission by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 489 099. You can find out more about building service providers’ responsibilities and conduct an online registration or licence check at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission.
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View the August 2013 media release:
Photo caption: Cody Raymond Williams.