Warning to avoid dodgy contractor

NSW Fair Trading is warning the public not to deal with an unlicensed contractor who was recently convicted and fined for breaking home building and consumer law offences.

Jack Younes, who is unlicensed, was fined more than $75,000 for his trading in western Sydney.

He was convicted on at Parramatta Local Court on June 29. He has 28 days to appeal his conviction.

Mr Younes’ aliases include Charlie Khouri, Jason Tippett and Jack Tan. He has traded under business names including Universal Constructions and Landscapes, Dreamscapes, and Ikon (or Icon) Landscape Constructions.

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rose Webb said she was concerned Mr Younes may still be attempting to trade without a license.

“Jack Younes has sought various types of residential building work, including structural landscaping, pergolas, decking, spa installation, fencing and retaining walls,” she said.

“Typically, after he accepts payment, Younes’ work is defective or he doesn’t perform any work at all.

“Younes then fails to refund any funds when contacted by his victims.

“Consumers should note that Younes contracts under multiple names and aliases, the names of the companies for which he is a director, as well as business names with which he has no known association.”

Ms Webb said it was important for consumers to only deal with traders who are appropriately licensed.

She said potential customers should verify licence details on the Fair Trading website.

“I’m urging consumers to heed this warning,” Ms Webb said.

“They should not engage Younes or any entities associated with him, in any sort of building work, and they should always check if a contractor is properly licensed.”

Anyone who has had problems in their dealings with Younes or his companies or has any information about his continued operation should contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20 to lodge a complaint