Aaron Giddings - Court action

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17 February 2010
Court actions

Campbellfield building company Aaron’s Outdoor Creations Pty Limited and its owner have been fined and ordered to pay compensation to a consumer over the construction of a bungalow.

Aaron Giddings pleaded guilty in Melbourne Magistrate’s Court to breaching the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 by entering into a building contract while unregistered and demanding more than a 5 per cent deposit on a contract worth more than $20,000.

The consumer had contracted Mr Giddings and his company to build a bungalow for $95,600 in August 2007. The work was due to be finished by December that year but it was not fully completed and contained defects.

Mr Giddings admitted breaching the Fair Trading Act 1999 by accepting payment of $86,040 but failing to complete building work in reasonable time.

He also admitted breaching the Domestic Building Contracts Act by asking for a 10 per cent deposit of the full price before work started.

The company and Mr Giddings committed a further offence by entering into a major domestic building contract without any of the company directors being a registered builder.

Aaron’s Outdoor Creations was convicted and fined $3000 and Mr Giddings was convicted and fined $1500. The company was also ordered to pay $1753 compensation to the consumer.