Unregistered salesperson prosecuted in court

CEA detected an unregistered real estate salesperson, Heng So Phia, who conducted estate agency work in relation to the rental of five properties and the sale of one property. She was prosecuted in court and sentenced on 18 February 2014 to a total aggregate fine of $50,000, in default 12 weeks’ imprisonment in total for six charges proceeded against her by CEA, with six other charges taken into consideration for sentencing.

Heng was an employee of previously licensed estate agent, One International Pte Ltd, but was not a registered salesperson. She assumed the identity of another registered salesperson and conducted estate agency work, placed advertisements and signed on tenancy documents, in the latter’s name and used her registration number.

Under the Estate Agents Act, it is an offence for a person to be or act as a salesperson for any licensed estate agent, or hold himself out to the public as being a salesperson unless he is a registered salesperson.    Consumers can check the Public Register of Estate Agents and Salespersons to ascertain if a salesperson is registered.

Source : CEA – 6 May 2014

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