Non-compliance: Builder in blunder over Mandurah client’s home

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A builder has been fined for a second time after not complying with an order to rectify issues at a Mandurah client’s home. 

Cowaramup-based builder Mark Anthony Wells, trading as Mark Wells Designs, was fined $1,500 by the Building Services Board.

The recent payment follows a separate payment of more than $23,000 last year, in relation to the same property.

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During 2016, the Madora Bay home-owner had identified several workmanship issues with renovation work and a swimming pool installation carried out by Mr Wells as the builder, at a value of around $273,000.

After unsuccessful attempts to resolve the matter directly with Mr Wells, the owner lodged a complaint with the Building Commission.

The building commissioner issued a building remedy order, which required Mr Wells to rectify the issues within specified time-frames. 

While Mr Wells’ compliance with some parts of the order should be acknowledged, the Board found that he showed a lack of accountability by not actioning these matters promptly, efficiently and in person.

Building Commissioner Ken Bowron

Some of this work was completed, but a number of items remained outstanding by the due dates.

The remaining items were converted into monetary order and Mr Wells was required to pay $23,489 to the owner.

This order was upheld by the State Administrative Tribunal and the full amount has since been paid.

The recent fine stems from the finding that Mr Wells had fallen short of the standard expected of registered building service contractors, by failing to comply with the Building Commissioner’s initial order.

Building Commissioner Ken Bowron welcomed the Board’s decision.

“While Mr Wells’ compliance with some parts of the order should be acknowledged, the Board found that he showed a lack of accountability by not actioning these matters promptly, efficiently and in person,” he said.

“While the vast majority of building service providers carry out their work with diligence and integrity, this outcome should send a clear message that we will take action against those who do not meet their obligations.”