A tradesman who performed building work while unregistered and harassed a former client has been fined a total of $3000 and ordered to pay $500 in costs.
Frankston Magistrates’ Court convicted local man Ashleigh (also known as Ashley) Maliki, 29, of offences under building and consumer laws, after Consumer Affairs Victoria took action against him.
In September 2014 Mr Maliki, trading as Maliki Constructions, entered into a contract for major domestic building work worth more than $50,000 without being registered, and did not provide his client with a contract.
Under the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 (DBCA), builders must be registered and provide a major domestic building contract if they take on works costing more than $5000.
The client raised concerns about the quality of Mr Maliki’s work, who responded with harassing behaviour, which constituted a breach of the Australian Consumer Law (Victoria).
Mr Maliki was fined $1500 for the charges relating to the DBCA, and $1500 for the charge relating to the ACL(Vic).
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