$7,700 in fines for prosecuted painter

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North Perth man Damion Francis Blundell, trading under the unregistered business name Blundell and Sons, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed in relation to painting work he carried out at a Cottesloe property between October 2012 and March 2013.

In proceedings finalised in the Perth Magistrates Court on 10 July 2015, Mr Blundell, who failed to appear in court, was in his absence convicted of two charges under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 and two charges under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991. The court ordered him to pay fines of $7,700 and costs of $713.50.

The first charge against Mr Blundell was for holding out or implying that he was a registered painting contractor when he was not.

The second charge was for failing to ensure the home building work contract was in writing, contained the date and all the terms of the agreement and was signed by both parties. The contract provided for Mr Blundell to receive a deposit in excess of 6.5 per cent of the total value of the work, resulting in the third charge.

The fourth charge against Mr Blundell was for carrying out painting work valued over $1,000 for profit or reward without the required registration.

“The building laws are an important protection for consumers and the building industry and anyone who intends to break the laws is reminded that these offences can attract significant penalties,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

“The registration system ensures that a person with the necessary qualifications, knowledge and experience is entitled to carry out work according to the appropriate 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 painting work.

“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.”

For information on builders’ responsibilities, visit the Building Commission website www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/building-commission, phone 1300 489 099 or email be.info@dmirs.wa.gov.au.


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22 Jul 2015

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