NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe has announced an arrest warrant is out for Sydney trader Khairul Hasan Sikder after the defendant failed to appear at a court hearing last week.
The trader was due to face the Parramatta Local Court on three charges under the Home Building Act 1989, two charges under the Australian Consumer Law and two counts of fraud under the Crimes Act 1900.
“Mr Sikder claimed he was a qualified licensed builder, trading under the name ASP Building Services Pty Ltd, when in fact he had no association with the company nor did he hold a licence,” Mr Stowe said.
“It is alleged that in April 2013 a consumer paid Mr Sikder $35,000 to build a granny flat on their Riverwood premises believing the trader would gain necessary council approvals to complete the job.
“Not only did the trader fail to lodge an application for building approval with Canterbury City Council, they left the project incomplete.
“Mr Sikder also assisted the consumer with supervision of renovations to their bathroom, laundry and kitchen.
“As the trader was purportedly unlicensed they did not have the required home warranty insurance, meaning consumers are potentially left with ongoing financial burden should any defects arise on the work that was completed.”
Anyone with knowledge of Mr Sikder’s whereabouts should contact NSW Fair Trading. If proven guilty, the trader could face imprisonment.
In the wake of the allegations against Mr Sikder, Mr Stowe reminded consumers about the importance of using licensed tradespeople for home building work over $5000.
“Customers who deal with unlicensed and unqualified traders may be putting their safety and finances at risk,” he said.
“Before signing or agreeing to any work around the house consumers should visit the NSW Fair Trading website, and check that traders are appropriately licenced and qualified for the work they are purporting to do.”
For more information visit the Fair Trading website or phone the Call Centre on 13 32 20.
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