Property agent fined
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.