A Coast builder has been ordered to pay more than $50,000 to a former customer for defective work.
A Coast builder has been ordered to pay more than $50,000 to a former customer for defective work. FILE

Builder cops $50,000 damages bill for defective work

A COAST builder has been ordered to pay more than $50,000 in damages for defective backyard renovations.

Little Mountain homeowner Lynette Sullivan's compensation battle for works done by Louis "Lube” Petreski reached the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a decision published on Friday.

Ms Sullivan had sought $56,500 in damages for landscaping and concreting work as well as construction of a shade sail between November 2015 and March 2016.

She paid Mr Petreski $26,850 during the period.

"Mr Petreski did some or most of the work but very slowly and he never finished the job,” the tribunal said in its decision.

A Queensland Building and Construction Commission building inspector visited Ms Sullivan's home and detailed significant defects with the work in a March 2017 report.

The defective work covered concreting done to pathways and the driveway, as well as poor sealing coats applied to the concrete pool, a drainage channel and the swimming pool fence.

Mr Petreski was ordered to rectify the work but he didn't do it.

"The work was done poorly and not to the standard expected of a licensed contractor or in accordance with the relevant laws governing residential building construction,” the tribunal said.

"Because of that negligent building work I find Ms Sullivan has suffered loss and damage.”

The tribunal determined Mr Petreski pay $53,703.33 to Ms Sullivan for her losses plus $326.80 court costs.

Mr Petreski did not attend any of the hearings or file any documents throughout the tribunal's decision process.



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