Ouch, el Jefe will have to squeeze the peons just a little harder this year.
[quote]Fines and costs of more than $31,000 for illegal building work on a Papatoetoe house are a serious reminder that owners and builders must get council consent, says Manukau City Council.
The fines follow T P Field Developments Limited, Taito Phillip Field and Afano Tosoni pleading guilty yesterday at Manukau District Court to offences under the Building Act. There were two charges against each party for carrying out building work without consent.
The building work involved converting a garage into a family room and converting a carport into a double garage at Alexander Avenue in Papatoetoe. The property is owned by TP Field Developments of which Mr Field is a director. Afano Tosoni carried out the building work.
The fines are as follows: TP Field Developments Limited ($10,000 fine, $1017 legal costs, $130 court costs), Taito Phillip Field ($10,000 fine, $1017 legal costs, $130 court costs), Afano Tosoni ($8500 fine, $1017 legal costs, $130 court costs).
In sentencing Judge Harvey said the penalties should send a message to homeowners that they must comply with the law. The building work was permanent and substantial, he said. “It can’t be escaped it was a rental property used by Mr Field.”[/quote]
Next stop…High Court…that’ll be where the fun starts.
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