Agent’s sleep­over ‘dis­grace­ful’

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An Auck­land real es­tate sales­man busted spend­ing the night at an apart­ment set for auc­tion the next day has been found guilty of dis­grace­ful con­duct. “I’m in the bath­room hid­ing,” he texted his col­league af­ter be­ing dis­cov­ered. “Do you reckon I could say I know the own­ers or some­thing. Or run?” For­mer Bay­leys real es­tate agent Ge­of­frey Mairs was pho­tographed leav­ing the Mis­sion Bay prop­erty on the morn­ing of the auc­tion in Feb­ru­ary 2017 af­ter the owner’s mother no­ticed some­one had been sleep­ing in one of the bed­rooms, ac­cord­ing to a Real Es­tate Agents Dis­ci­plinary Tri­bunal judg­ment dated April 27. Mairs claimed David An­der­son, the agent in charge of the prop­erty, had given him the keys and al­lowed him to sleep in it. An­der­son de­nied this. The tri­bunal ac­cepted it had to make a de­ci­sion about who was telling the truth. But it said the texts were among a num­ber of fac­tors that led it to con­clude Mairs had likely ac­cessed the apart­ment with­out An­der­son’s knowl­edge. It would take 21 days to con­sider a penalty.

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