Business fined over bathroom renovation work at Gwelup and Kalamunda homes

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A BATHROOM renovation company has been fined over work done at homes in Gwelup and Kalamunda.

Former Osborne Park-based business WA Bathrooms was convicted of four charges in Perth Magistrates Court because it entered into contracts when it was not a registered building contractor.

The Building Commission brought the charges against the business and its director and general manager, both from the Swan Valley.

WA Bathrooms agreed to provide a $28,000 bathroom renovation at a Kalamunda property and two $14,000 contracts for renovations to a Gwelup home, where the homeowner raised workmanship concerns that the company did not rectify.

It also breached the Home Building Contracts Act for not having a home indemnity insurance policy for the Kalamunda job.

The business was fined $3000 and the individuals $1000 each, as well as legal costs of $1500.

It had already paid $16,000 to settle with the Kalamunda owner and $5000 in compensation for the Gwelup owner.

Building Commissioner Ken Bowron said registration was a legal requirement and ensured the builder had appropriate qualifications.

“It appears that a lack of awareness of the statutory requirements was a factor in this case,” he said.

“However, anyone participating in a regulated industry is responsible for finding out about the relevant laws and complying with them.”