Call for blitz on unlicensed builders

Master Builders SA is calling for a government blitz after yet another unlicensed builder was fined in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.

Paul Arrneric, 58, of Clarence Park, admitted to breaching the Australian Consumer Law and the Building Work Contractors Act. Mr Arneric was fined $10,600 for accepting a deposit of nearly $4000 from one client for work he failed to start and performing substandard work for a second client.

Master Builders CEO Ian Markos said rogue operators gave the entire industry a bad name and “enough is enough”.

“Enough is enough! Consumer and Business Services needs to conduct a compliance blitz and stamp out unlicensed builders once and for all,” said Mr Markos.

“There also needs to be a public awareness campaign. Individuals and businesses that work in construction, trade, demolition, site preparation and restoration and repairs must be licensed as building contractors.”

Master Builders SA Chief Executive Officer Ian Markos urged consumers to do their research before engaging a building contractor.

“The first thing consumers should do is check the Consumer and Business Services website to make sure the builder is legally able to perform the work you want them to.

“You should also ask around and check social media for reviews. If the price seems exceptionally cheap, it might be too good to be true.

“You should also make sure they are a Master Builders member to ensure you are dealing with somebody who is appropriately licensed and qualified as a master builder.

“Consumers are always very welcome to call Master Builders to confirm details.”