Renovator convicted and fined for building and plumbing work

Monday March 16 2015

The manager of a renovation company has been fined $4500 and convicted by the Geelong Magistrates' Court following an investigation by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) for completing plumbing and building work while unlicensed and unregistered.

Mr Timothy Rae carried out bathroom renovations in Point Cook, Highton, Lethbridge and Ocean Grove in 2013 and 2014, despite not being a registered builder or a licensed or registered plumber. All domestic building work in Victoria that costs more than $5000 must be done by a builder who is registered with the Building Practitioners Board. And only plumbers who are registered or licensed with the VBA can carry out plumbing work in Victoria.

Mr Rae was convicted of seven plumbing and six building charges and fined $4500.

VBA Director of Compliance and Performance, Murray Smith urged consumers to check their practitioner is licensed or registered before starting any home improvement projects.

"By ensuring your builder or plumber is registered or licensed, you can be assured that they have the experience and qualifications needed to undertake your plumbing or building work."

To check a building or plumbing practitioner's license or registration, use the 'Find a Practitioner' tool on the VBA website.

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