Agent’s sleepover ‘disgraceful’
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.