Unregistered painter fined – Midland

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2 x charges - unregistered painting and 2 x charges - holding out to be a registered painter

Midland man Cody Raymond Williams has been fined $1,000 on four charges relating to unregistered commercial painting and ordered to pay costs of $378 in the Midland Magistrates Court.

The offences occurred prior to recent legislation coming into effect strengthening consumer protection laws, which now provide a maximum penalty of $25,000 for carrying out unregistered building services, including painting.

"Mr Williams told customers that he was a registered painter and supplied a registration number which belonged to a registered painter whom he knew", Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

"Mr Williams undertook sub-standard roof restoration painting work valued at $5,900 at two properties while not being registered and entitled do so.

"Consumers should always shop around and get more than one quote for home maintenance work, as well as checking the accuracy of registration details with the Building Commission," Mr Gow said.

Those carrying out certain building services work are required to be registered. Heavy penalties can be imposed on those who undertake regulated services without holding appropriate registration.

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Building Commission
Media release
23 Jul 2012

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