Warning to avoid dealing with company and directors

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The Building Commissioner is warning consumers to be wary of dealing with formerly registered Western Australian building company AFRA Construction Pty Ltd and its two directors Mal Afrasiabi and Fazollah (Fred) Afrasiabi after receiving information that Mal Afrasiabi may be continuing to operate without the required registration.

The Building Commission has received information indicating that Mal Afrasiabi, who was the company’s nominated supervisor, is advertising his services as a registered builder and carry out home building work under the trading name MAE Constructions WA, despite having allowed his and the company’s registration to lapse in February 2013.

The company and its directors have since been the subject of numerous building-related complaints made to the Building Commission by consumers. In the two and a half year period up to December 2013, 27 complaints were lodged about the company breaching the terms of its building contracts and/or carrying out defective work under those contracts.

The Building Services Board in December 2013 resolved to make in excess of 40 allegations against the company and its directors as a result of complaints received. Most of the complaints were referred to the State Administrative Tribunal for determination, which made several adverse findings against the company and its directors.

On 24 June 2009, Mal Afrasiabi pleaded guilty and was convicted of five charges under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 relating to a home building work contract entered into in March 2006.

“Having received evidence that Mal Afrasiabi is continuing to operate in the building industry, and that he may be doing so in breach of the building laws, I urge people to be vigilant when engaging the services of a builder and to avoid dealing with Mr Afrasiabi while the Building Commission pursues further action against him,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

“In most parts of Western Australia, registration is required to carry out building work valued over $20,000. Consumers can protect themselves by conducting a registration check on the Building Commission website at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/buildingcommission.

“The actions of AFRA Construction Pty Ltd and its two directors have already negatively impacted on the lives of many consumers in this state and it is my hope that this warning will help to avoid any ongoing detriment to others and to the building industry.”

AFRA Constructions Pty Ltd was placed into voluntary administration on 4 March 2014 and remains under external administration. The Building Commission has received no information regarding the current activities of Fred Afrasiabi. If approached to have building work done by the Afrasiabis, please email be.info@dmirs.wa.gov.au or phone 1300 489 099.

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26 Sep 2014

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