Unlicensed firm fined
A PROPERTY management company has been fined $5000 for operating throughout WA without a licence.
Massland Asset Management had applied for a licence in 2013 and 2014, but when the Commissioner for Consumer Protection requested further information to complete the process, the company failed to respond in both instances.
Without a licence, the company managed seven residential properties around Perth in Manning, Eden Hill, Mt Hawthorn, Baldivis and three in Rockingham.
The owners of the properties reported problems with the service, including unpaid Water Corporation bills.
Property management licence rules vary from state to state, and the sole director of Massland Asset Management, Mark John Rolton, is based in the eastern states.
Mr Rolton has since applied for the company to be deregistered and no longer operates in WA.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said real estate agents must be licensed in each jurisdiction that they operate.
“Property is a substantial investment and people place a lot of trust in real estate agents and property managers to do their job properly,” he said.
“Licensing ensures the agent and manager are fit and proper to carry out the duties they are hired for.”
Massland Asset Management was fined $5000 for operating in WA without a licence and triennial certificate and ordered to pay costs of over $1000.