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
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.