Ron DeJong stands inside his expensive and unfinished backyard pool.
Ron DeJong stands inside his expensive and unfinished backyard pool. Rob Barich

No help from BSA after bad deal

RONNIE DeJong has been left high and dry after paying a $17,500 deposit last year for a pool that is now just a mud pit in his yard.

On December 2, 2008, Mr DeJong signed a contract with Total Building Solutions to have a pool installed at his Innes Park home.

He expected to be able to go swimming with his family this summer, but said the project was fraught with problems from the beginning.

“The pool pump leaked from day one,” Mr DeJong said.

After ongoing delays and problems with a leaking liner, Mr DeJong stopped making payments on the pool, and approached the Building Services Authority (BSA) for advice.

“I’ve been left with just a hole in the ground,” Mr DeJong said.

Following the building industry watchdog’s advice, he paid out the rest of the money so that BSA could take action against the company.

But since then, Mr DeJong discovered the BSA’s insurance will not cover his pool, leaving him to start civil proceedings to recover the money.

Even worse, he uncovered that Total Building Solutions owner George Blayden was bankrupt between May 2005 and May 2008 — while he still held a BSA licence.

Mr Blayden yesterday said he could not talk about the case as it was going through the Commercial and Consumer Tribunal.

“No decision has been made yet, so we will have to wait and see what they say,” Mr Blayden said.

He told the NewsMail he would no longer be working in the industry after he cancelled his BSA licence this week.

However, BSA general manager Ian Jennings said the authority suspended Mr Blayden’s licence on Wednesday, after he failed to comply with a financial audit.

“The BSA has received two complaints about Mr George Blayden regarding the same matter,” Mr Jennings said.

He said licensees were required to advise the BSA on their annual renewal if they had ever been bankrupt or had entered into a debt agreement.

“The BSA is investigating whether Mr Blayden is a fit and proper person to hold a licence,” Mr Jennings said.

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