Prop­erty agent fined

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

A PROP­ERTY man­ager who lied about her regis­tra­tion has been fined $2000 in the Perth Mag­is­trates Court.

Jane Nicole Ford, of East Vic­to­ria Park, be­gan work­ing for the Wil­let­ton prop­erty man­age­ment com­pany as an ad­min­is­tra­tion as­sis­tant in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

Ford was later paid by the agency to com­plete her train­ing to ob­tain a cer­tifi­cate of regis­tra­tion as a real es­tate sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive, which would al­low her to be­come a prop­erty man­ager.

She failed to at­tend the train­ing and did not ob­tain the nec­es­sary qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

But in Septem­ber 2018, she sup­plied her em­ployer with a cer­tifi­cate of regis­tra­tion in her name us­ing the regis­tra­tion num­ber of an­other per­son.

Be­tween Au­gust 2018 and April 2019, Ford car­ried out the du­ties of a prop­erty man­ager by ne­go­ti­at­ing and sign­ing six lease agree­ments on be­half of her em­ployer.

Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers con­duct­ing a com­pli­ance visit to the agency in Fe­bru­ary 2019 dis­cov­ered the un­reg­is­tered ac­tiv­i­ties of Ford, whose em­ploy­ment was ter­mi­nated in April 2019.

In sentencing, Mag­is­trate Scad­den ac­knowl­edged the se­ri­ous na­ture of the of­fence, which in­volved “ac­tive dis­hon­esty”.

Com­mis­sioner for Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Lanie Chop­ping said Ford’s de­cep­tion un­der­mined the sys­tem that aimed to en­sure that only suit­ably qual­i­fied peo­ple of good char­ac­ter work in the real es­tate in­dus­try in WA.

In ad­di­tion to the fine, Ford was or­dered to pay court costs of $349.50.

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