A ROCKINGHAM pensioner who lost a deposit to a builder who never delivered promised work, is appealing to others who may have fallen victim to the same builder.
Derek Miller had organised for Xtra Constructions, last located on Crompton Road in Rockingham, to build a glass enclosure on his home.
Mr Miller said he was keen to speak with anyone else who may be in the same predicament with this builder to come forward. “There must be others like me who have fallen foul of this builder,” he said.
“I would like them to contact me as I want to push ahead with a group action.”
Mr Miller said that after paying a deposit in March 2014, there was a delay for the work to begin.
“He came around and measured up and gave me the quote. We soon had to pay a deposit of $3530,” Mr Miller said.
“After hearing nothing for a few weeks we contacted him and he said there was a delay as his father had become ill,” he said.
Soon weeks went by and there was no sign of the builder or the Millers’ money.
“We rang to speak with the builder, Gary Alan Cramphorn but we could never get through,” he said.
“We ended up sending letters to the business and his home address but they were always returned to sender.
“We also went around to the yard which had been cleared.”
Mr Miller contacted a number of agencies, including Consumer Affairs and the Building Commission.
“The Building Commission told me they would like to get hold of him too,” he said.
Mr Miller also lodged a claim with the Rockingham Magistrates Court on August 25. Heard in the civil matters court, the presiding magistrate ruled in Mr Miller’s favour.
An order was made that “in default of appearance, judgment is entered for the applicant (Mr Miller) against the respondent (Mr Cramphorn) in the sum of $3532.20, inclusive of costs.”
Building Commissioner Brian Gow said a direction was issued in writing to Mr Cramphorn’s last known addresses in June 2015.
“It was issued after we received information he (Mr Cramphorn) may have limited financial capacity to operate as a builder,” he said.
“The direction required him to provide information relating to his financial status to us by 10 July 2015.
“Mr Cramphorn failed to comply with the direction by the due date.
“Gary Alan Cramphorn was successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner in September 2015 for failing to produce records to confirm his financial status.
“The Building Services Board has also placed a condition on Mr Cramphorn’s building practitioner licence to limit his capacity to undertake building work.
“The condition prohibits him from being a nominated supervisor for a partnership, company or body in which he owns shares or is a director, partner or member,” Mr Gow explained.
“The Board has also decided to pursue disciplinary action against Mr Cramphorn through the State Administrative Tribunal.”
If you have been caught up with this builder and want to speak with Mr Miller, he can be contacted on 9599 1808.