Un­li­censed firm fined

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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