A Camberwell-based heating and cooling installation company has been restrained from taking money or deposits from customers, following an action Consumer Affairs Victoria brought in response to an increase in complaints.
The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court granted an interim injunction against Australian Mechanical Services Pty Ltd (in liquidation), after it found the company had only partially installed air conditioning units, or failed to install them at all.
Consumers were left out of pocket an estimated $123,000 as a result of Australian Mechanical Services’ actions.
The court restrained the company from requesting or accepting:
- money or deposits for the sale, supply or delivery of goods
- money or other form of payment for the sale, supply or delivery of goods, prior to their actual delivery to the customer.
We obtained these injunctions as an initial measure to protect consumers from any further contraventions by the company. While these injunctions remain in place, we will not continue these proceedings given the court ordered the appointment of a liquidator to Australian Mechanical Services on 29 January 2016.