An unregistered builder has been fined $4,500 in the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court, following an action by Consumer Affairs Victoria relating to his work at a property in Spotswood.
Daniel Wayne Auld, 31, of Sunshine West, trading as Timbertec Carpentry & Constructions, pleaded guilty to various breaches of the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995, the Building Act 1993 and the Australian Consumer Law (Victoria).
As well as not being a registered builder at any relevant time, Mr Auld also:
- took an initial deposit of 40 per cent of the contract price. By law, the maximum deposit a builder can ask for is 10 per cent (for works of less than $20,000) or five per cent (for works of $20,000 or more)
- failed to provide his client with a contract that included all the information legally required
- failed to complete the work within the time period specified or a within a reasonable time
- carried out work while unregistered.
The work Mr Auld was hired to complete included:
- demolishing existing bathrooms, plumbing, plastering, tiling and installation of bathroom cabinetry and fittings
- installing kitchen splashbacks and stair rails
- laying floorboards
- painting the house’s interior.
As well as the fine, Mr Auld was also ordered to pay $250 in court costs.
All fines must be paid to the Domestic Builders Fund.