A former agent who tried to appeal the disqualification of her real estate licence has had her efforts dismissed by a Queensland tribunal.
Sarah Louise Penney-Filippini was fined $3,000 and disqualified for holding a real estate licence or salesperson’s certificate for three years for failing to meet several requirements linked to her business trust account.
She also employed her mother, Heather Filippini, who was permanently disqualified from the industry in 2009.
Ms Penney-Filippini, of Heather Filippini Island Realty, tried to fight the decision, but the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal dismissed her appeal and upheld the original decision.
Agents who employ unlicensed salespeople are not only unprofessional but contribute to a breakdown in consumer confidence in the real estate industry, Fair Trading executive director Brian Bauer said.
“By law, agents must conduct themselves and their businesses appropriately and always in the best interests of their clients,” Mr Bauer said.
“A licensed real estate agent employing someone they were well aware had been disqualified from the industry is very concerning.”