An unregistered builder has been fined $1500 and ordered to pay $6000 compensation to a home owner for performing defective building work, following court action undertaken by Consumer Affairs Victoria.
The Melbourne Magistrate’s Court found that Anthony Murison, of Braybrook, was an unregistered builder when he was contracted to replace weatherboards and architraves and paint the exterior of a house in Oakleigh South in late 2007.
In early 2008, Mr Murison stopped the work after a dispute about its quality. The home owner had paid $6000 and Mr Murison did not return to fix his work.
Mr Murison pleaded guilty to five breaches of the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995, including demanding and receiving an excessive deposit, and one breach of the Fair Trading Act 1999.
He was ordered to pay $6000 compensation to the home owner, a fine of $1500 and $935 costs, by 26 August.