NSW Fair Trading has revoked the licence of Toplace, while the developer behind it, Jean Nassif, has had his building licence revoked for 10 years.
The disciplinary action comes after an investigation into Toplace’s Atmosphere and Skyview developments at 299-309 Old Northern Road and 51-53 Old Castle Hill Road, both in Castle Hill.
Toplace has over 1,000 apartments under construction across Sydney and 24 projects in its development pipeline including: Box Hill City Centre; Hyda, Phoenix and Vela in Castle Hill; Grand in Kellyville and Watkins Street Town Homes in Baulkham Hills.
A NSW Fair Trading spokesperson said: On 1st December 2022, NSW Fair Trading made a disciplinary decision regarding Toplace Pty Ltd. The disciplinary decision, due to take effect on 15 December 2022, cancels Toplace’s contractor licence and permanently disqualifies Toplace from being the holder of any authority under the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW).
On 2 December 2022, NSW Fair Trading made a disciplinary decision regarding Mr Jean Nassif, the sole director and secretary of Toplace. The disciplinary decision, due to take effect on 16 December 2022, cancels Mr Nassif’s supervisor certificate and disqualifies Mr Nassif for 10 years from being the holder of any authority under theHome Building Act 1989 (NSW).
This disciplinary action was taken following a NSW Fair Trading investigation of building work at the following developments: 299-309 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill, 15 and 18 Charles Street, Canterbury, and 51-53 Old Castle Hill Road, Castle Hill.
Fair Trading Minister Victor Dominello was quoted on Channel 9 as saying: “This is a double hammer blow, firstly it’s a hammer blow against Mr Nassif but it also sends a warning signal to all developers who do the wrong thing that we have a building commissioner with strong powers that will come after you.”
A statement from a Toplace spokesperson posted on the NINE website said: Toplace will challenge the notices issued by NSW Fair Trading in court.
“We have always stood by our projects and where defects occur we will fix them like all other major developers. We remain committed to supporting our customers.”
Box Hill City Centre is being built at the corner of Terry Rd and Mason Rd Box Hill.