Queensland’s building watchdog has issued a Public Warning about ALI FARAJ, an unlicensed individual with an extensive history of illegal building activities in several states.
Mr Faraj has recently been trading on the Gold Coast as PRO MASTER PAINTING & RENOVATIONS but he has never been licensed by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).
Mr Faraj is known to the QBCC and other government agencies by a number of aliases, including Ali MOUSSELMANI, Kamel KASEEM, Kamel MOUSSELMAN and Kam MOUSS.
QBCC Commissioner, Brett Bassett, said the QBCC recently issued seven infringement notices totalling more than $15,000 against Mr Faraj for offences including unlicensed contracting, using another person’s licence to pretend to be licensed, and for contractual offences.
Mr Bassett warned the public to avoid any contact with Mr Faraj and his associated entities.
“This man has a history of ripping people off across the country and he should be avoided at all costs,” Mr Bassett said.
“You should always go to the QBCC website and conduct a a free licence check to confirm that the person you are dealing with is licensed to do that type of work and that they can prove they are the person they are claiming to be.
“The QBCC urges anyone considering getting building work done to get at least three quotes for a job, always only use a licensed contractor regardless of the size of the project, and to use a contract for any work worth more than $3,300.
“In addition to harming consumers, this person is taking work away from properly licensed and qualified painters and contractors who would do the job to the standard that the public expects and deserves,” Mr Bassett said.
This public warning has been issued by the QBCC Commissioner, pursuant to section 20J (1) (i) of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (QBCC Act).
- The QBCC recently issued FARAJ with Infringement Notices for offences under the QBCC Act as follows:
- 3 x section 42(1) - Unlicensed contracting
- 2 x section 51(2) - Making use of a licensee’s licence to pretend to be licensed
- 2 x schedule 1B section 30 - Contracted services must not start before regulated contract complies with requirements
- Faraj was charged with the following offences in Southport Magistrates Court for matters brought against him by the Office of Fair Trading Qld on 14 January 2019.
- 1 x Competition and Consumer Act 2010 schedule 2 section 151(1)(h) false or misleading representations about goods and services
- 3 x schedule 2, section 158(7)(b)(i) failure to supply goods and services
- Faraj was also found to be using a fake QBCC builder number in advertisements, and accepting payment for work not completed. As a result of these matters, Faraj was fined $60,000 and ordered to pay $193,500 in compensation to three affected consumers.
- Faraj was subject to a public warning issued by the Office of Fair Trading Qld on 23 May 2018, advising the public to avoid him and his building services.
- Faraj has previously been the subject of a warning issued in South Australia in connection with offences against the Building Work Contractors Act 1995.