Flooring man fined

Stewart John Granger, trading as Floors by Stewart, was fined $2000 in Perth Magistrates Court last month and ordered to pay $871.70 costs to the Building Commissioner for contractual offences.

The fines related to charges of failing to produce a valid building work contract and taking a deposit of more than the maximum 6.5 per cent.

Granger was employed to remove tiles from a Ballajura home in 2014 and replace them with timber flooring.

The task was valued at $14,478.

Granger took a deposit of $8700, which was about 60 per cent of the contract value and more than nine times the maximum $941 allowed.

The floorer only partly completed the work.

Building Commissioner Peter Gow said anyone performing home building work must be aware of their obligations under building laws.

�Failure to comply with the provisions of the Home Building Contracts Act may result in penalties of up to $10,000 per charge in the case of an individual and $50,000 in the case of a company,� he said._

�Consumers should protect themselves by knowing their rights and responsibilities before they engage a person to carry out home building work.�

More information on building laws can be found at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission or on 1300 489 828.