An unregistered builder has been convicted, fined $20,000 and ordered to pay $7500 compensation for multiple breaches of the law, including accepting payments for uncompleted building work.
Haki Zyka pleaded guilty in the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court to nine breaches of the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 and three of the Fair Trading Act 1999.
Between late 2009 and early 2010, Mr Zyka entered into non-compliant major domestic building contracts with three consumers in Macleod and Greensborough.
He accepted excessive deposits, over 10 per cent of the contract price, for each job. Mr Zyka also accepted more than $25,000 in partial payments for building work on the three projects, but failed to complete the work within a specified or reasonable time.
Mr Zyka was fined $20,000 plus $840 costs and ordered to pay $7500 to one of the consumers. The other two have previously obtained compensation orders against Mr Zyka in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.