Unregistered builder to face court on multiple charges

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28 March 2024
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An unregistered Melbourne builder is facing criminal charges after allegedly accepting more than $100,000 in payments from consumers for building services he did not provide.

Mark (Najy) Rayes, 46, of Cranbourne, is facing 28 charges under the Australian Consumer Law and the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995.

The alleged conduct occurred between March 2021 and December 2023, and involves seven consumers who engaged Rayes to provide building and landscaping services.

We allege that Rayes agreed major domestic building contracts with consumers while not registered as a builder, demanded excessive deposits, and failed to provide the services agreed.

Consumer Affairs Victoria Director Nicole Rich said the alleged offending had had a significant impact on Rayes’ clients.

“Everyone should be able to expect that builders are suitability qualified to do the job they’re hired to do, complete the work, and do so within a reasonable timeframe,” she said.

“People spend a lot of money on building and renovations – for many, it’s one of the most significant investments they make.’’

Rich urged Victorians looking for someone to complete building or renovation work to ensure they were registered.

‘’Failing to use a qualified builder can put consumers’ money at considerable risk.”

Builders who perform work valued at more than $10,000 must be registered with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). You can find a suitably qualified tradesperson via the VBA’s website.

We became aware of Rayes’ alleged offences after receiving complaints from consumers.

The matter will next be heard on 13 May at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

If you have had unsatisfactory dealings with Rayes, contact us.