Cancellation of Licence of Property Representative
The Property Agents Tribunal handed down a decision on 4 November 2020, the effect of which was to cancel the property representative licences of Mr Conor Canning and Mr Joel Solak.
Mr Canning applied to the Magistrates Court of Tasmania to have that decision reviewed in so far as it related to him.
The Decision of Magistrate Webster was handed down on 29 September 2021.
The Magistrate affirmed the Decision of the Property Agents Tribunal dated 4 November 2020 and accordingly Mr Conor Canning’s property representative licence is now cancelled.
The Magistrate stated:
“There is a general expectation that those employed in the real estate agency industry should act with honesty and in particular not make false or misleading representations. There are many opportunities for a dishonest person working in this industry to gain a financial advantage for themselves or their clients by making a false declaration or misrepresentation or to financially disadvantage others. It is particularly important that a dishonest person is not employed in that industry”.
The Magistrate found Mr Canning demonstrated by his actions that he was “not an honest person”.
The Magistrate noted Mr Canning admitted stealing intellectual property from a real estate agent, lying to the Board’s investigator and lying to the Property Agents Tribunal about that theft. He was also found to have mislead his employer and character witnesses that he called to give evidence on his behalf about the nature of his misconduct.
The original Tribunal Decision of 4 November 2020 can be viewed here.
The Decision of the Magistrates Court of 29 September 2021 can be viewed here.