Unregistered builder fined for carrying out home building work
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Dianella unregistered builder Silvano Rossi, trading as Deluxe Bathrooms, has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed in contracting for and carrying out home building work at a Cottesloe property between March and September 2013.
On 19 May 2016, the Perth Magistrates Court ordered Mr Rossi to pay fines of $20,000 and costs of $5319.14 after the magistrate found him guilty of two charges under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 and two charges under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991.
The court found Mr Rossi had:
- contracted for and carried out prescribed building services without the required registration;
- failed to ensure that the home owner was provided with the prescribed notice before the owner signed the building contract; and
- failed to obtain a policy of home indemnity insurance for the home building work.
Valued at $120,000, the home building work involved alterations and additions to an existing dwelling, including the removal of existing walls, construction of new walls and the conversion of a bedroom into an ensuite and walk-in robe. The works were also to include the installation of flooring throughout the dwelling, painting, tiling and new plumbing fixtures in wet areas.
“In Western Australia, if residential building work is valued over $20,000 and requires a building permit, the builder must be a registered building contractor and is required to take out a policy of home indemnity insurance in the owner’s name before accepting payment or commencing work,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.
“Homeowners can check a builder holds the require registration on the Building Commission website at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission or by phoning 1300 489 099.
“The Building Commission will continue to hold to account and name those who put the public interest and reputation of the building industry at risk."
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