Kewdale salesman fined for misleading solar panel sales

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A DOOR-KNOCKING salesman has been fined for failing to provide information about cooling-off periods to three people he sold solar panels.

M.D Shafiqur Rahman of Kewdale pleaded guilty last month to nine charges relating to unsolicited agreements while working as a dealer for One Stop Solar Energy.

Rahman was prosecuted by Consumer Protection officers over three sales he made more than two years ago.

Prosecutors said in each case, Rahman secured agreements for the purchase and installation of household solar panels after knocking on doors but failed to provide information about a householder’s right to terminate the agreement during a cooling off period and the way in which that right may be exercised.

He was fined $3000 and ordered to pay compensation of $7500 and costs of $1500.

Outside court, acting Consumer Protection Commissioner Penny Lipscombe said anyone who conducts unsolicited sales must be aware of their obligations under Australian Consumer Law.

“Consumers who are approached out of the blue by salespeople must be provided with information about the 10 business day cooling off period and be given instructions on how to rescind the contract if they change their mind during this period,” she said.

“No money should change hands, no goods be supplied or any work be carried out until this cooling off period has expired.”

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