Fenc­ing con­trac­tor fined for fail­ing to com­plete works

North Coast Weekender - - Business -

A BALLAJURA fenc­ing con­trac­tor has been or­dered to pay nearly $16,000 af­ter it was found he took money from con­sumers, but failed to de­liver.

The con­trac­tor, trad­ing as Flaw­less Glass Fenc­ing, was fined $5000 af­ter plead­ing guilty to four charges of ac­cept­ing pay­ment, but fail­ing to sup­ply all the goods and ser­vices, in breach of the Aus­tralian Con­sumer Law.

He was also or­dered to pay com­pen­sa­tion of $9776 to four con­sumers, as well as costs of $1173.50.

The con­trac­tor had al­ready paid back $9000 to af­fected con­sumers when sen­tenced.

A Car­ra­mar con­sumer paid a de­posit of $2550 in Jan­uary 2014 af­ter ac­cept­ing a $17,225 quote for pool fenc­ing, paving and land­scap­ing. No work was car­ried out.

A Dun­craig con­sumer paid a de­posit of $1820 in Fe­bru­ary 2014 af­ter ac­cept­ing a $2750 quote for pool fenc­ing, a gate and a bound­ary fence. Some work was car­ried out, but not com­pleted.

The con­sumer later dis­cov­ered the glass be­ing used was sub­stan­dard.

A Darch con­sumer paid a de­posit of $2600 in July 2014 af­ter ac­cept­ing a $4800 quote for lay­ing lime­stone pavers and syn­thetic turf. No work was car­ried out.

An El­len­brook con­sumer paid a de­posit of $2806 in De­cem­ber 2014 af­ter ac­cept­ing a $4080 quote for the in­stal­la­tion of glass pool fenc­ing. No work was car­ried out.

Con­sumers who have paid for a prod­uct or ser­vice which wasn’t sup­plied can lodge a com­plaint at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/con­sumer-pro­tec­tion or email con­sumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au or by call­ing 1300 30 40 54.

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