Firm must pay for poor damp work on Fleur de Lys house
5:01pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
TWO men have been prosecuted and ordered to pay costs for poor workmanship in damp proofing a property in Fleur de Lys.
Anthony Allen Moses, 56, of Aberdare and Mark Davis, 42, of Bargoed, appeared at Newport magistrates following an investigation by Caerphilly council’s Trading Standards Service into their damp proofing business, Valley Damp Proofing and Plastering.
Moses, who appeared responsible for the work, pleaded guilty to one charge under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, for contravening the requirements of professional diligence in relation to the work carried out.
Davis, who owns Valley Damp Proofing and Plastering, pleaded guilty to four charges, two each under the Fraud Act 2006 and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
The court heard the occupiers of the house in Fleur de Lys had been quoted £850 to carry out the work of damp proofing by the Bargoed-based business in September 2010. The firm failed to rectify the poor work carried out after visiting the property on a number of occasions.
The council’s Trading Standards Service were called, and an independent expert stated that the damp proofing job "was not done to a professional standard."
Moses was fined £60, ordered to pay £1,124.75 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Davis was given a 12-month community order, requiring him to have supervision with a probation officer, attend a substance misuse programme and told to complete 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £500 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Cllr David Poole, the council's cabinet member for community and leisure services, said: “Our Trading Standards team work tirelessly to fight for the rights of consumers in instances like this where traders fall foul of the law. This successful prosecution should act as a warning to tradesmen and women to uphold the principles of good workmanship and to ensure that their work is completed to the standards expected.”
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