Pretend painter’s brush with the law (Alex Mazloomi / Arios Painting and Decorating)
A Joondanna tradesman who falsely claimed to be a registered painter has been fined $5,000 at Perth Magistrates Court for several offences under WA’s building laws.
Alex Mazloomi, trading as Arios Painting and Decorating, did not appear in court on 5 October when he was found guilty of six charges brought by the Building Commissioner.
The court heard that Mr Mazloomi was not a registered painter when he completed $8,800 worth of painting services at a Dianella home. Under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 (BSRA), only registered painters can provide paid painting services valued at more than $1,000.
The contract for the work listed a false painter registration number, which was an additional breach of the BSRA.
Mr Mazloomi also fell foul of the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 (HBCA) because the contract, and a subsequent variation, were not signed by both parties.
In addition, he requested and received a deposit of approximately 17 per cent of the total contract. The HBCA dictates that a deposit must not exceed 6.5 per cent of the value of the work.
“Registration ensures the painter has appropriate qualifications and skills,” he said.
“I welcome the significant fine imposed in this case as the conduct misled the public and cast a shadow on the registered painters who operate with diligence and integrity.”
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