Unregistered painter prosecuted

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Unregistered painter Daniel James Arthur Lewis, of Myaree and trading as Danny Lewis Painting, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for holding out or implying that he was a registered painting contractor when he was not.

In proceedings finalised at the Midland Magistrates Court on 5 January 2015, Mr Lewis was ordered to pay a fine of $3,000 and costs of $4,400 after he was found guilty of one charge under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.

The offence occurred between September 2011 and February 2012 when Mr Lewis was working as a subcontractor for Robin Ferguson’s Painting.

Carrying out approximately 50 painting jobs for Mr Ferguson, Mr Lewis issued invoices containing a registration number that did not belong to him and which he was not authorised to use. Mr Lewis also had conversations with Mr Ferguson inferring that he was registered.

In Western Australia, it is an offence to carry out painting work valued over $1,000 for another person for profit or reward, or to advertise your services in a way that implies you are a registered painter when you are not.

“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,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

“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.

“People intending to carry out a prescribed building service are reminded they should check if registration is required before starting. When engaging the services of a building service provider, consumers can conduct an online registration check on 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.”

Visit the Building Commission website www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/building-commission, phone 1300 489 099 or email bcinfo@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

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13 Jan 2015

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