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27 July 2015

The state’s consumer watchdog, Consumer and Business Services (CBS), has successfully prosecuted an unlicensed builder, with the court imposing penalties and compensation totalling $7,380.

Christopher Gudic of CNK1 Constructions was convicted in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court this month for carrying on a business as a building work contractor without an appropriate licence and failing to provide goods and services within a reasonable timeframe.

Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, Dini Soulio, said Gudic had entered into agreements with two customers for the completion of home building renovation work including a kitchen fit out and a wardrobe installation.

“In both instances, Gudic asked to be paid upfront for the cost of the materials - $3,100 and $1,350 respectively - but upon receiving the funds electronically he failed to return and complete the work,” Mr Soulio said.

“Before agreeing to these jobs, Gudic had satisfactorily competed work for both customers including bathroom renovations and various maintenance work such as cleaning of gutters, painting, and gyprocking. The customers were happy with his initial work, which led them to hire Gudic for further work when he indicated he was an experienced cabinet maker.

Mr Gudic previously held a licence pursuant to the Building Work Contractors Act. However, his licence had lapsed.

The defendant Christopher Gudic was convicted of three offences. He was fined a total of $3,000, plus $480 for victims of crime levy, $800 in prosecution costs and was ordered to pay compensation to one customer of $3,100.

Mr Soulio said CBS has serious concerns about such practices and will continue to investigate and take strong action to protect South Australian consumers from shonky tradespeople who disappear or put off completing work once money is handed over.

“With the popularity of home renovation television shows, consumers are increasingly looking for ways to improve their home, but the cheapest price does not always mean the best quality tradesman.

“This serves as a timely reminder for consumers to use licensed and reputable tradespeople. Do your homework before engaging a tradesperson and check that they have a current licence to do the job using the online CBS licensing register or ask them to produce their SA builder’s licence card,” he said.