Consumer Affairs Victoria has begun civil proceedings against Melbourne South Eastern Real Estate Pty Ltd (ACN: 128 550 541) – trading as Barry Plant (Mount Waverley), Barry Plant (Oakleigh) and Barry Plant (Wheelers Hill) – in the Federal Court of Australia, for alleged contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law and the Australian Consumer Law (Victoria).
We will allege that the company engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct, and made false or misleading representations, in relation to 25 property sale listings on the realestate.com.au website, between 1 September 2014 and 25 August 2015. These properties were located in Ashwood, Burwood, Burwood East, Chadstone, Hughesdale, Mount Waverley and Wheelers Hill.
We will allege that, when uploading properties for sale on realestate.com.au, the company set price search parameters that were less than the:
- appraisal price, and
- for some of the properties, the estimated selling price written on the sale authority.