A Warrenup man has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed while contracting for and constructing three sheds, in Robinson, Elleker and Warrenup, in 2014.
The man, who pleaded guilty to 13 charges, was granted a spent conviction by the Albany Magistrates Court and ordered to pay fines totalling $4,000 and costs of $720.
Offences committed by the man in relation to all three sites were undertaking to carry out, and carrying out, builder work without the required registration; failing to provide the home owner with the prescribed notice; and demanding and receiving a deposit in excess of 6.5 per cent of the total value of the work. The man also failed to provide the Robinson site owner with a copy of the signed contract.
The man misrepresented the value of the contracts, which ranged between $29,700 and $34,900, on building permit applications he submitted to the City of Albany.
“The man’s conduct denied the three property owners of their right to engage an appropriately registered building service provider and to enter into a contract in accordance with the building laws and exposed them to financial risk,” Building Commission Acting Executive Director Ian Munns said.
“The building laws exist to protect the interests of both home owners and builders.
“In this case, all three home owners paid a deposit of approximately 90 per cent of the total contract value rather than the maximum 6.5 per cent deposit allowed under the Home Building Contracts Act. The Act applies to home building work valued between $7,500 and $500,000.”
Mr Munns said home owners could protect themselves by doing their homework before engaging the services of a building service provider.
“This includes choosing a registered builder if the value of the work is over $20,000 and familiarising themselves with their rights and responsibilities under the building laws,” he said.
“Some useful information on building or renovating your home is available on the Building Commission website at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au.
“The Building Commission will continue to hold to account people who put the public interest and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”
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