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Builder fined for misleading property renovation value

Builder fined for misleading property renovation value

by Emma Ryan | September 12, 2019 | 1 minute read

A WA builder has landed in hot water after he understated a property project’s value by two-thirds on insurance documents.

Misleading property renovation
September 12, 2019

Rivervale-based Matteo Daqui has been fined $1,000 for misleading conduct after understating a project’s value by two-thirds on insurance documents and on a building permit application.

According to a statement issued by Building and Energy, a division within the state government’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, Mr Daqui was contracted to provide roofing, renovation and painting services at a Leeming home in June 2018. The final account for all the work was $106,718.

Despite this, an investigation by Building and Energy revealed that “Mr Daqui listed the value of the project as $35,000 when he applied for a home indemnity insurance policy and the relevant building permit from the City of Melville”. This reduced the levy fees and insurance premiums by more than $900 when compared to those for the full contract price, the group said. 

“At its August 2019 meeting, the Building Service Board found that Mr Daqui breached the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 by misleading the City of Melville and the insurer when he understated the contract value,” Building and Energy explained, with executive director Saj Abdoolakhan welcoming the board’s decision.


“While the breach did not put the consumer at any additional risk in this case, it is imperative that building service providers operate within the law and with honesty and integrity, including declaring the full scope of works in a building permit application,” the executive director said. 

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Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan is the deputy head of content at Momentum Media.

Emma has worked for Momentum Media since 2015, and has since been responsible for breaking some of the biggest stories in corporate Australia, including across the legal, mortgages, real estate and wealth industries. In addition, Emma has launched several additional sub-brands and events, driven by a passion to deliver quality and timely content to audiences through multiple platforms.

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