An unregistered builder who accepted nearly $18,000 in payments on two projects which he failed to complete has been convicted and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in compensation.
David Christopher Stogiannou, 28, was convicted in Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court on five charges of breaching Victoria’s domestic building and fair trading laws on home and commercial projects.
The court ordered Mr Stogiannou to pay $10,700 compensation to a Burwood family, plus court costs of $779.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) had previously ordered Mr Stogiannou to pay $7000 to a Sunshine North business.
Mr Stogiannou, who used the business name ‘Vidsan Construction’, entered into a contract to build a retaining wall for the Burwood family in 2010. It was the first stage in a legitimate home building project with a registered builder but when Mr Stogiannou failed to do much more than dig a few holes, all construction had to be put on hold.
Mr Stogiannou also entered into a contract with a Sunshine North business wanting to expand its warehouse. He accepted $7000 but failed to start work and did not respond to any communication.
Mr Stogiannou was convicted of the following charges under the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 and the Fair Trading Act 1999:
- demanding and receiving an excessive deposit of $3108.80 before commencing building
- entering into a major domestic building contract without being registered
- entering into a major domestic building contract which did not comply with the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995
- two breaches of failing to supply services within a specified or reasonable time.
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