A Castle Hill man has been fined $15,131 by NSW Fair Trading for a litany of offences including making false and misleading representations, demanding excessive deposits and carrying out unlicensed and uninsured work.
Joe Michael Tadrosse, a former company director of Lloyd Parker Constructions Pty Ltd, has not held a residential building licence since October 2010.
But in March last year it was found he had used his brother’s licence number in a written quote for a job in Ryde.
Using the company name, Dynamic Concreting Pty Ltd, Mr Tadrosse advised the home owner the job of constructing a concrete driveway would cost him $27,000.
Mr Tadrosse demanded an up-front cash deposit of $6000, well in excess of the maximum 5per cent permitted under the Home Building Act 1989 for work costing in excess of $20,000.
The Ryde home owner handed over $2000 which was all he had with him at the time.
Two days later Mr Tadrosse began erecting a timber frame around the driveway area of the premises.
But in the afternoon he called the home owner and told him unless he received a further payment of $7000, no more work would be done.
The consumer paid the $7000, yet the job was never completed.
The consumer then had to hire another contractor to rectify and complete the work, costing him about $40,000.
NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said it was ‘‘appalling’’ the way Mr Tadrosse had taken advantage of his client’s trusting nature.
‘‘This man has been forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars rectifying the mess created by Mr Tadrosse’s dishonesty and duplicity,’’ Mr Stowe said.
‘‘I urge anybody planning to undertake major home maintenance or renovations to check the validity of their builder’s licence on Fair Trading’s website before signing any contract, to avoid unfortunate incidents such as this one.”