An unregistered builder has been convicted and ordered to pay $4000 compensation to a consumer, after failing to finish major renovations on an investment property.
Long Wei, 55, of Melton South, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on 27 July to six charges. He was also fined $2000 and ordered to pay $897 costs.
Mr Wei was an unregistered builder when he entered into a major domestic building contract. The homeowner, who contacted Mr Wei after seeing an advertisement in the Chinese newspaper “The Pacific Times”, was left with incomplete renovations to a laundry, bathroom and an unfinished conversion of a garage into two bedrooms at the Coburg property.
He pleaded guilty to carrying out major domestic building work when he was not a registered builder under the Building Act 1993. He also breached the Fair Trading Act 1999 by accepting payment and failing to supply all the goods and services.
Mr Wei used a contract that did not comply with the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995; demanded and received an excessive deposit (more than 10 per cent of the contract price); and demanded an amount of money greater than the contract price.