Tradesman takes money but work incomplete (Christopher Johnson or Rexhep / Amazing Concrete Services)

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A tradesman who has taken payments from consumers but failed to complete the work is the subject of a public warning from Consumer Protection.

Christopher Stephen Johnson, also known as Christopher Stephen Rexhep and trading as Amazing Concrete Services formerly of Baldivis, has accepted payments totalling almost $38,000 from seven consumers, but has carried out very little work and failed to provide any refunds when requested.

In recent months, Consumer Protection has received seven complaints against the concreting business which remain unresolved.

Amazing Concrete Services was registered in December 2014 but registration has lapsed due to non-payment of the renewal fee.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said promises by the concreter to refund these customers have so far proven to be empty ones.

“Mr Johnson or Rexhep has given verbal commitments to refund the customers and resolve the complaints, but his words have not translated into action,” Mr Hillyard said.

“We believe that Amazing Concrete Services is still operating so we urge WA consumers not to have any dealings with this business until these current complaints have been resolved.

“We also advise consumers generally not to pay too much money upfront and, instead, make progress payments as the work is carried out and don’t pay the full amount until the work is completed to a satisfactory standard.

“Tradespeople who carry out work that comes under the Home Building Contracts Act are not allowed by law to charge more than a 6.5 per cent deposit.”

Consumers who have had unsatisfactory dealings with Amazing Concrete Services, and are yet to lodge a complaint, should contact Consumer Protection by email consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au or by phone 1300 30 40 54.

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01 Sep 2016

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