Real estate agent and unregistered sales rep fined (Harcourts Rockingham)

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A Rockingham real estate agency and one of its sales representatives have been fined $500 each by the Rockingham Magistrates Court after the sales representative worked without a current certificate of registration.

Sand Dollar WA Pty Ltd, trading as Harcourts Rockingham, had employed the sales representative who continued to work for 22 months after their certificate of registration expired in February 2012, in breach of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act.

Both the agency and sales representative were also ordered on 5 December 2014 to share in paying the Court costs of $595. The sales representative was granted a spent conviction.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said licensed real estate agents have a legal obligation to ensure that all the sales representatives they employ are registered.

“The licensing and registration system is designed to maintain high standards of conduct within the WA real estate industry and provide protection for consumers who place a great deal of trust in agents and their sales representatives to handle one of their biggest assets,” Ms Driscoll said.

“Agents and sales representatives who fail to renew their licences and registrations but continue to operate are breaking the law and will face prosecution with the risk of being fined as well as having their professional reputation tarnished.”

More information on the obligations of real estate agents and sales representatives is available on the Consumer Protection website or enquiries can be made by email: consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au or by calling 1300 30 40 54.

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09 Dec 2014

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