Burlington Electrical Contractor Convicted of Unfair Practice
November 17, 2017 / Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Convicted - Justin Smith
Location - Burlington
Description of Offence - Mr. Smith accepted a deposit to supply and install a generator at a consumer's residence. Work commenced, but was not completed and the generator was never delivered or installed.
Date of Offence - September 10, 2014- unfair practice
Date of Conviction - September 21, 2017 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Milton by Justice of the Peace Paul Welsh
The court imposed the following against Mr. Smith:
- Payment of $7,500 in restitution to the consumer
- Two-year probation with terms of restitution, a reporting requirement and reporting an address change
- In early July 2014, Mr. Smith, operating as D & S Electrical Contractors, provided the consumer with an estimate of $10,982.71 to supply and install a generator.
- In late July 2014, Mr. Smith accepted and provided a receipt for the consumer's $7,500 deposit.
- Work commenced on or about August 10, 2014, and stopped on or about September 10, 2014.
- The generator was not delivered or installed.
- Work completed included: installation of a small concrete slab, two exterior conduits and two exploratory holes in the basement drywall.
- Despite Mr. Smith's promises to the consumer, the work was never completed.
- Consumer Protection Ontario suggests deposits should be no more than 10% of the estimated cost.