Builder fined $20,000 for forgery

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Community News -

COMO A BUILDER has to pay $20,000 af­ter he ad­mit­ted to forg­ing a cer­tifi­cate of home in­dem­nity in­sur­ance in re­la­tion to build­ing work.

Adrian Burt trad­ing as Adrian Burt Homes, which is no longer reg­is­tered, was or­dered by the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal to pay a fine of $20,000 af­ter ad­mit­ting to fraud­u­lent con­duct and neg­li­gence un­der the Build­ing Ser­vices Act 2011.

He ad­mit­ted that he forged and lodged five cer­tifi­cates of home in­dem­nity in­sur­ance in re­la­tion to build­ing work car­ried out at prop­er­ties in Como, East Fre­man­tle, Ap­ple­cross, Menora and Bicton be­tween De­cem­ber 2008 and Novem­ber 2010.

He also ad­mit­ted that he was neg­li­gent in that he, as man­ag­ing direc­tor and nom­i­nated su­per­vi­sor of the com­pany, caused it to com­mence build­ing work at the Bicton prop­erty with­out hav­ing first ap­plied for or be­ing granted a build­ing per­mit.

Moshe Gilovitz, Act­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Build­ing Com­mis­sion, said home in­dem­nity in­sur­ance was an im­por­tant pro­tec­tion for con­sumers and fail­ure to ob­tain a valid pol­icy when re­quired puts the con­sumer at sig­nif­i­cant risk of fi­nan­cial loss.

“Al­low­ing the com­pany to carry out a build­ing ser­vice with­out a build­ing per­mit is yet an- other ir­re­spon­si­ble act by this builder, with the po­ten­tial to cause harm to in­di­vid­u­als and prop­erty,” he said.

“The Build­ing Com­mis­sion will con­tinue to hold to ac­count and name those who put con­sumer in­ter­ests and the rep­u­ta­tion of the build­ing in­dus­try at risk.”

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