Unlicensed plumber fined $5,000

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Consumers are warned to avoid dealings with Kinross man Hajir Mobin, trading as Danny’s Plumbing and Gas Services, who has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for carrying out unauthorised plumbing work at properties in Claremont and Shenton Park in January 2014.

In proceedings finalised in the Perth Magistrates Court on 10 July 2015, Mr Mobin, who did not appear in court, was in his absence ordered to pay fines of $5,000 and costs of $710 after pleading guilty in writing to two charges of carrying out plumbing work contrary to the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000.

Work carried out by Mr Mobin at the Shenton Park property involved the repair of a suspected blockage including excavation work, the replacement of a sewer inspection shaft and related drainage work. Mr Mobin was then engaged by the same owners to carry out water supply plumbing work at their Claremont property.

This is not the first time Mr Mobin has been convicted of licensing offences. In 2009, Mr Mobin was prosecuted by EnergySafety for unlicensed gasfitting and fined $24,000. That year he was also prosecuted by Consumer Protection for falsely advertising that he was a licensed plumber in which he used several licence numbers that did not belong to him, and fined $10,800.

Mr Mobin is known to represent himself as ‘Danny’ and advertise his services in the local paper under the trading name ‘Danny’s Plumbing and Gas Services’. He also has a webpage www.cleverplumbing.com, which advertises for ‘Danny’s Plumbing and Gas’ and lists Mr Mobin’s mobile number as a contact.

Building Commissioner Peter Gow said consumers who engaged Mr Mobin to carry out plumbing work were putting their and other people’s safety at risk. “If plumbing work is done incorrectly it can result in the failure of plumbing equipment or systems, which can compromise public health and safety and result in property damage, disease, injury or even death,” Mr Gow said.

“It is for this reason that all plumbing work carried out in Western Australia must be done by a person who holds the appropriate licence under the general direction and control of a licensed plumbing contractor.

“Consumers can protect themselves by choosing a licensed plumbing contractor to carry out any plumbing work. They can conduct an online licence check on the Building Commission website at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission or contact us for assistance.

“The Building Commission will continue to prosecute and name those who put consumer interests and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”

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