Como building company fined for failure to comply with orders from building bodies

Como building company fined for failure to comply with orders from building bodies

A COMO building company was fined $1000 for failing to comply with orders of both the Building Commissioner and the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).

The fine against Richmount Enterprises was in relation to work it contracted and carried out for a Mindarie property between September 2006 and April 2008.

The work was for the construction of a two-storey dwelling with an under croft residential dwelling valued at $917,514.

The owners were dissatisfied with numerous faults and the builder’s numerous attempts to rectify the issues over the next five years.

A complaint was lodged with the Building Commission in June 2013 where Richmount was issued with a building remedy order that required fixing 19 items by March 2014.

On April 2 that year, the owners lodged a further complaint about a leak in the swimming pool, and Richmount was ordered to rectify the issue by December 2015.

The building company failed to do so.

Building commissioner Peter Gow said Richmount had a responsibility to ensure the building rectification was carried out within the timeframe.

“While the builder voluntarily surrendered its building contractor registration on 11 February 2016, the Building Services Board is still able to consider a disciplinary matter and a fine was considered appropriate,” Mr Gow said.

“This case is a reminder to anyone who carries out building work that the Building Commissioner or State Administrative Tribunal can order them to remedy or pay money for incomplete or unsatisfactory work and will hold them to account if they do not comply with an order.”

The Building Commssion is in the process of converting the building remedy order into an order to pay the owners.

The SAT order was converted to an order to pay owners over $6000 which Richmount complied with.