Second strike for builder

A FRANKSTON builder, Ashleigh Maliki, has been fined $3000 in total for carrying out building work when unregistered.

Consumer Affairs Victoria took Mr Maliki, also known as Ashley, to court after complaints about the quality of his building work.

The 29-year-old, trading as Maliki Constructions, agreed to a carry out domestic building work in September 2014 worth more than $50,000 without being registered and did not provide a contract to a customer as required by law.

Mr Maliki harassed the client after complaints about his work.

In February 2014 Consumer Affairs Victoria alerted the public about the business practices of Mr Maliki’s antenna installation company A & D Cabling Services.

The consumer watchdog received more than 50 complaints about Mr Maliki’s business and advised Victoria Police that Mr Maliki “engaged in intimidating behaviour towards customers, including elderly customers”.

When contacted by The Times, police could not confirm whether Mr Maliki had been investigated without specific details of alleged offences.

Other consumers alleged they were misled about ‘free’ quotes and charges that would apply.

One elderly customer reported a verbal quote of $200 turned into an invoice for nearly $1800, without approval for the extra costs.

A & D Cabling also traded as Digital Antennas Today.

Mr Maliki was unable to be contacted about the latest court case which saw the builder fined in Frankston Magistrates’ Court last month.

First published in the Frankston Times – 29 August 2016

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