Builder breaks consumer law

AN Elizabeth Downs builder has admitted to taking money from clients he never completed work for, and changing his business name to avoid being caught by authorities.

Simon Maylin, 28, was ordered to pay back $16,086 in compensation and was fined $8000, after the Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court found him in breach of the Australian Consumer Law and Building Work Contractors Act.

Mr Maylin accepted $9120 from a client for paving work, which he failed to begin, while he also accepted a $1050 deposit from another client, despite never completing the
works.

The court was also told that while Mr Maylin was under investigation, he changed the name of his business and entered into a contract with another couple – securing a deposit of $3850 – for
work he only spent three hours on.

Comissioner for Consumer Affairs Dini Soulio said regardless of the size of a job, consumers should always check to ensure a contractor is licensed before hiring them.

“This is a significant penalty that should serve as a deterrent to others who would seek to take money from trusting consumers and then fail to live up to their end of the bargain,” he said.

Tom Staggard

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Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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