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Christchurch builder overcharged client by $100,000

Newshub logoNewshub 6/06/2018 Newshub staff

© Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited A Christchurch builder has had his licence cancelled for two years after he overcharged a client by $100,000.

The Building Practitioners Board found Ronald Carmichael was negligent and incompetent when he incorrectly quoted a client, pushing the cost of the build $100,000 over the contracted price. 

Carmichael failed to correctly read and interpret the plans and price the project accurately, the board found.

"Understanding your regulatory and contractual obligations is important, and has been highlighted by this complaint," Registrar of Building Practitioners Paul Hobbs says.

"Ensuring that there is a written contract and the required documents are provided before starting building work is required by law.

"It helps to protect both Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs) and clients, and can make everyone's life a lot easier down the line if a dispute were to arise.

"This is a reminder to LBPs that being honest on your licence application and in your business decisions is important - not only for your reputation and that of your business, but also to maintain your license," Mr Hobbs says.

The homeowner says she did not receive a record of work from Carmichael and he refused to provide one. 

The board also found Carmichael failed to disclose and sign a contract between himself and the client.

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