South Australia’s Consumer and Business Services has issued a ‘steer clear’ warning against a Mt Barker builder

SOUTH Australians are being warned against engaging a Mt Barker business that has allegedly failed to provide $215,000 worth of products and services to unwitting customers.

SA’s consumer watchdog this morning said it had received 11 complaints relating to Samuel Baligac and his business Balco Transportable, which offers a range of transportable buildings for sale on its website.

Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Dini Soulio said a number of cases appear to involve a customer paying a substantial sum to Balco to erect a transportable building on their property, which was never forthcoming.

“The total loss experienced by customers is alleged to be in excess of $215,000,” he said.

Mr Soulio is satisfied that there is reasonable grounds to suspect Mr Baligac

may have breached section 158 of the Australian Consumer Law, which prohibits

businesses and individuals from accepting payment and failing to provide the relevant

services or goods within a reasonable time.

An investigation is ongoing.

“While this matter is under investigation, we would warn customers not to deal with Mr

Baligac or Balco Transportable,” he said.

According to Australian Securities and Investments Commission documents, Balco Transportable was registered in July 2010. Its principal place of business is 53 Oborn Rd, Mt Barker.

Balco’s website says that it “welcomes the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you a friendly and personalized service in the industry”.

The mobile number provided on Balco’s website has been disconnected.

Anyone with concerns about their dealings with either Mr Baligac or Balco Transportable is encouraged to contact CBS on 131 882.

luke.griffiths@news.com.au

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