Consumer NZ warns against building company

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Wednesday, April 10, 2017

Consumer NZ is warning consumers not to deal with ‘Get Design and Sales,’ a kitset building company that operates websites mydiy.co.nz, kiwi-built.co.nz and econobach.co.nz.
Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said that the Organisation has issued the warning following complaints from customers who have been left thousands of dollars out of pocket after the company failed to supply materials.

Several consumers have already taken the company to the Disputes Tribunal.

Dispute Tribunal decisions

Despite the tribunal ordering Get Design and Sales to provide refunds, it has failed to comply, Ms Chetwin said.

Customer Steve Wrathall is owed more than $12,000. Mr Wrathall filed a Disputes Tribunal claim against Get Design and Sales after it failed to deliver a kitset cabin for which he had paid in full. The tribunal ordered the company to refund the purchase price of $11,975 and pay $600 for distress.

Mr Wrathall has not received the money.

In another Disputes Tribunal case, the company was ordered to refund $14,295 to customer Scott Walls after failing to supply required materials to complete construction of a 60m2 kitset shed. The tribunal order was issued in August 2016. Mr Walls said that he has received only $2000 of the amount owed.

Customer Kate Roberts is also out of pocket by about $2000. Details of Ms Robert’s case were published by Consumer NZ in March.

“The company’s director Emma Gestro told us she would refund Ms Roberts by the end of February. That did not happen,” Ms Chetwin said.

Complaints to authorities

In correspondence with Consumer NZ, Ms Gestro had previously stated it was having cash flow problems. Ms Gestro claims the company has no assets to sell to refund customers and would only be able to provide repayments in instalments.

Ms Chetwin said that Consumer NZ will be filing complaints with the Companies Office and the Commerce Commission about the company’s conduct.

Get Design and Sales customers are invited to contact Consumer NZ if they have had problems with the company.

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