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17 September 2013

Consumer and Business Services (CBS) has prosecuted a pergola builder for trading without the appropriate licences.

CBS took action in the Magistrates Court against Precision Pergolas & Construction Pty Ltd and its director Michael Shane McDonald after receiving complaints that the company had failed to complete work after taking a deposit.

Deputy Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, Dini Soulio, says CBS pursued the action after publicly naming the Precision Pergolas & Construction Pty Ltd and McDonald earlier this year.

“We took court action as a result of the company not being licensed as a building work contractor.”

Last week, Magistrate Deland, in the Holden Hill Magistrate’s Court recorded a conviction and ordered a fine of $4,000 plus costs.

“I welcome this ruling, and I hope it serves as a reminder to builders that they must have the appropriate licences,” Mr Soulio said.

“Traders contracting for building work such as pergolas and deckingare required to be licensed by CBS under the Building Work Contractors Act 1995.

“Before entering into an agreement for building work, consumers should always check www.cbs.sa.gov.au to ensure the trader is licensed to carry out building work.

“If consumers have concerns or complaints about their dealings with any builder, they should contact CBS on 13 1882 for assistance.”