Agent suspended, fined for employing banned father - Media release

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Date
26 October 2017
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An eastern suburbs estate agent will have her licence suspended for 12 months and has been ordered to contribute $2,500 to the Victorian Property Fund (VPF) after employing her permanently disqualified father.

Danielle Talia was the sole director of Bond’s Real Estate Sales Pty Ltd – trading as Stockdale and Leggo Doncaster-Templestowe – where her father, John Michael Talia, was employed despite being disqualified from working as an estate agent or as an agent’s representative.

As part of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) hearing, Bond’s Real Estate Sales Pty Ltd has agreed to voluntarily surrender its licence and contribute $2,500 to the VPF.

John Talia received a three-year jail term in 2008 for obtaining property by deception, following a conviction by the County Court of Victoria.

In June 2010, he was found to be of not good character and not a fit and proper person to be an agent’s representative. He was declared permanently ineligible to act as an estate agent or as an agent’s representative by VCAT.

Danielle Talia was present at the time of VCAT’s findings against her father and was fully aware of his permanent disqualification.

A covert Consumer Affairs Victoria investigation found that in late 2015 and early 2016, John Talia was present both within the Bond’s Real Estate Sales business and at three auctions, where he acted in a manner consistent with that of an agent’s representative.

In February 2017, VCAT found Mr Talia guilty of contempt of the Tribunal’s 2010 orders, resulting in a $10,000 fine. View the John Michael Talia court action.

Danielle Talia accepted that, as the sole director of Bond’s Real Estate Sales, she failed to comply with the Estate Agents Act 1980 by employing her father, a disqualified person.

Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria Simon Cohen said the outcome shows that illegal conduct will be uncovered and action taken.

“The actions of Danielle Talia and John Talia blatantly disregarded a legally binding VCAT order, and were entirely unacceptable,” Mr Cohen said.

“The significant penalties and other orders of VCAT send a clear message that suspected non-compliant behaviour will be investigated by Consumer Affairs Victoria and strong compliance action will be taken where appropriate.”

To check a licensee’s current status, view our Public register – search for licensed estate agents.

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