Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association
on 20 July 2018
NSW Fair Trading have issued a warning to Consumers not to deal with unlicensed contractor Jack Younes, who was recently convicted and fined $75,000 over home building and consumer law offences.
Younes, whose aliases include Charlie Khouri, Jason Tippett, and Jack Tan, has traded in Western Sydney under various company and business names such as Universal Constructions & Landscapes Pty Ltd, Dreamscapes and Ikon (or Icon) Landscape Constructions.
NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rose Webb said she is concerned that Younes may still be attempting to trade without a licence, despite never holding one.
"Jack Younes has sought various types of residential building work, including structural landscaping, pergolas, decking, spa installation, fencing and retaining walls," Ms Webb said.
"Typically, after he accepts payment, Younes' work is defective or he doesn't perform any work at all. Younes then fails to refund any funds when contacted by his victims.
"Consumers should note that Younes contracts under multiple names and aliases, the names of the companies for which he is a director, as well as business names with which he has no known association."
Ms Webb said consumers should only deal with traders who hold an appropriate licence and emphasised the need to verify licence details on the Fair Trading website.
"I'm urging consumers to heed this warning they should not engage Younes or any entities associated with him, in any sort of building work, and they should always check if a contractor is properly licensed," Ms Webb said.
Anyone who has had problems in their dealings with Younes or his companies, or has any information about his continued operation, should contact NSW Fair Trading
on 13 32 20 to lodge a complaint.
Younes was convicted on 29 June 2018 in Parramatta Local Court. He has 28 days to appeal his conviction.