Unregistered painter ordered to pay up

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Unregistered painter Jason Allen Ronald Lawson has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration offences and failing to meet his responsibilities under a home building contract.

In proceedings finalised at the Perth Magistrates Court on 12 June 2015, Mr Lawson was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and costs of $713.50 after pleading guilty to three charges in relation to painting work he carried out at a Nedlands property in April 2014.

The first charge against Mr Lawson was for holding out or implying that he was a registered painting contractor when he was not. The second charge was for carrying out painting work valued over $1,000 for profit or reward without the required registration. Both of these are offences under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011. The third charge against Mr Lawson was for entering into a contract which provided that he was entitled to demand or receive a deposit in excess of 6.5%, which is an offence under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991.

“Anyone intending to break the building laws is reminded that these are serious offences that not only can attract significant penalties but can also compromise public safety,” said Building Commissioner Peter Gow.

“The registration system is an important protection for consumers and the building industry – it ensures that a person with the necessary qualifications, knowledge, experience and insurance carries out work that meets proper standards.

“Consumers should protect themselves by engaging the services of a registered building service provider when required and knowing their rights and responsibilities before they enter into a home building work contract.

“For further information or to conduct an online registration check, visit the Building Commission website 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.”

The Building Commission can be contacted on 1300 489 099, email bcinfo@commerce.wa.gov.au or visit the website www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission.

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