Unregistered and misleading builder fined - Secret Harbour

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Secret Harbour man Paul Thompson has been found guilty of entering into a building contract without being a registered builder, and for making a false statement to the local government.

His customers were left with an unfinished garage and had to complete the project themselves as owner-builders.

He was fined $1,000 with $478 costs in the Rockingham Magistrates Court.

"Mr Thompson was conducting business as Metro Builders, and entered into a contract with a Port Kennedy couple for extensions valued at over $32,000 to their Ettiene Gardens garage in Port Kennedy," Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

"This matter dates back to 2010 and at that time building laws required Mr Thompson to be registered as a builder as his work exceeded the threshold of $20,000 and not holding such a registration was an offence under the then Builders Registration Act.

"The new Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 which commenced last August provides for a maximum penalty of $25,000 for claiming to be a registered building service provider, or for carrying out a regulated building service when not registered.

"Also on this occasion, Mr Thompson submitted false documents to the City of Rockingham claiming the job was valued at $20,000 when in fact the contract value was $32,650" Mr Gow said.

When imposing penalty the Magistrate took into account Mr Thompson's previous history of no convictions and noted that consumers needed to be protected from the misconduct of unregistered builders.

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Media Contact:
Mike Winchester
T (08) 9476 1335
M 0409 118 982
E mike.winchester@commerce.wa.gov.au

Building Commission
Media release
10 Apr 2012

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