M.S Rao Design Services has been fined $10,000 for accepting $320,000 to construct a house which wasn’t completed within a reasonable timeframe.
They were taken to court by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission for failing to comply with the terms and conditions of an Enforceable Undertaking.
In a statement, the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission says the trader’s failure to comply, even after their best efforts at compromise is why they escalated the matter to the Magistrates Court so punitive measures could be taken.
It says the Court imposed a fine after noting the nature and the gravity of the offence and the circumstances under which the offence was committed
FCCC Chief Executive Officer, Joel Abraham says they want to send a message to all Fijians that their rights as consumers are being protected, as well as ensure that those who are providing goods and services fulfil their obligations.
He says if any complaint by a consumer has merit, and reasonable steps are not taken to address issues, they will not hesitate to take matters to court.