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Court fines company over dodgy building work

Posted by NSW Finance, Services & Innovation on 9 November 2017

A kitchen supplier with showrooms in Willoughby and Penrith has been ordered to pay more than $10,000 in fines and costs over residential work carried out without the proper licence and insurance.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said Arebelle Pty Ltd, trading as Cavallo Kitchens and Appliances, entered a guilty plea through their liquidator in Parramatta Local Court, after a NSW Fair Trading investigation laid three charges regarding the company's work that breached home building legislation.

"The court found that Arebelle had never held a licence under the Home Building Act 1989, which is completely unacceptable," he said.

"In fact in one case, after spending more than $21,000 on their kitchen, a customer had to stop construction after it was found the wrong kitchen was being installed."

Mr Kean said Arabelle was issued Penalty Infringement Notices for this work, after which another two consumers came forward with complaints, relating to poor installation of kitchens as well as numerous defects and problems with products.

"I'm committed to putting consumers first, and will come down hard on any dodgy businesses not doing right by their customers," he said.

"This outfit let homeowners down right across Sydney with consumers from Leura, Castle Hill and Oyster Bay all spending big money on sub-standard work, and I won't stand for it.
"Let this be a warning to other businesses across NSW, we will continue to crack down on any shonky traders who refuse to put their consumers first.

"If you're engaging tradespeople at your property, always check they hold the right licences and insurance to ensure you're not taken for a ride by any unscrupulous operators."  

Author: NSW Finance, Services & Innovation
Tags: Industry News Consumer Information

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