Queensland’s building regulator has been slammed for “wrong and unreasonable” conduct and ordered to pay court costs over it incorrect suspension of a company’s builder licence.
Kathleen Skene, Gold Coast Bulletin
QUEENSLAND’S building regulator has been ordered to pay more than $130,000 in court costs to a family company whose licence it wrongly suspended after “ignoring the plain wording” of its own policy.
Directors of the company, which cannot be named for legal reasons, had to personally guarantee its debts, with one forced to sell his home and move in with his in-laws to help fund the years-long litigation.
As well as directly supporting two families, the business employed more than 20 people, whose jobs were up in the air while the licence was in jeopardy.
After more than two years of battling, the company won on appeal this week, with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission eventually conceding every argument.