Re­port es­tate agent mis­con­duct to board

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WOULD-BE pur­chasers should find out whether an es­tate agent is reg­is­tered be­fore go­ing ahead with a trans­ac­tion, ad­vises Deli Nkam­bule of the Es­tate Agency Af­fairs Board (EAAB).

She said that be­fore agree­ing to buy prop­erty through an agent, peo­ple should con­tact the board on 087 285 322 to ver­ify that the es­tate agent was reg­is­tered and legally en­ti­tled to op­er­ate as an es­tate agent.

“The board has re­ceived a num­ber of com­plaints re­gard- ing bo­gus es­tate agents, which are be­ing dealt with in terms of the act,” Nkam­bule said.

If a reg­is­tered es­tate agent is found to be in­volved in mis­con­duct, any mem­ber of the pub­lic can re­port them to the EAAB.

“The board can in­sti­tute dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against the agent. How­ever, it is im­por­tant to note that (com­plainants) will need to re­port the mat­ter to the SAPS to in­ves­ti­gate and ar­rest the rel­e­vant per­pe­tra­tors as the board does not have ar­rest­ing pow­ers,” she added.

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