$3,000 fine and two year suspension for property sales rep (Hutton)

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A Perth real estate sales representative who dishonestly kept clients’ money intended for property advertising or repairs has been suspended for two years and fined $3,000.

The Commissioner for Consumer Protection took disciplinary action against Byron Hutton, of Tuart Hill, for breaches of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act.

The State Administrative Tribunal reprimanded Mr Hutton for contravening four sections of the code of conduct for his industry.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the disqualification and fine is an appropriate outcome.

“Mr Hutton is now disqualified from working as a real estate or business agent or sales representative for a period of 2 years because he has been deemed unfit to hold a certificate of registration,” she said.

“It is important to uphold standards in the real estate industry and all agents must, without exception, comply with the law in regard to the handling of clients’ funds in the process of advertising and selling property.”

Mr Hutton, who had been employed by a real estate agency in Joondalup, has not worked in the industry since November 2010.

Western Australians who have complaints or concerns about real estate agents can contact Consumer Protection on 1300 30 40 54 or consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au .





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Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Aug 2012

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