The Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria has issued a public warning under section 223 of the Australian Consumer Law (Victoria) (ACL(Vic)) and section 228 of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012, regarding the conduct of Craig Alan McIntosh in the supply of real estate services.
Mr McIntosh (pictured above) is not and has never been a licensed estate agent.
On 17 March 2015, Consumer Affairs Victoria obtained injunctions against Mr McIntosh under the ACL (Vic), barring him from acting as an estate agent until he was licensed to do so.
While Mr McIntosh is eligible to be employed an agent’s representative, Business Licencing Authority (BLA) records currently show he is not employed by any real estate agency.
On 16 February 2017, Mr McIntosh ceased employment as an agent’s representative with a licensed estate agent operating under various trading names, including:
- McIntosh Lincoln
- McIntosh Lincoln City Residential, and
- McIntosh Lincoln Property Concierge.
The estate agency was located at Level 11/180 Russell Street, Melbourne.
Consumer Affairs Victoria has been informed that since 16 February 2017, Mr McIntosh has held himself out to be able to:
- engage in providing real estate services, and
- receive funds on behalf of people selling or purchasing real estate.
Our Director is concerned that Mr McIntosh is continuing to:
- undertake the business of an estate agent while not being licensed as an estate agent
- hold himself out to be an agent’s representative while not under the supervision of a licensed estate agent, and
- request payments for the purchase of real estate into a bank account that is not an authorised trust account and to which he has sole access.
Our Director is also concerned that any money provided to Mr McIntosh since 16 February 2017 may not be considered trust money under the Estate Agents Act 1980, and will therefore not be protected under the Victorian Property Fund.
Until further notice, consumers are warned to not engage Mr McIntosh's services as an estate agent or provide him with any money for the purchase of real estate.
Any consumer who has been approached by Mr McIntosh since 16 February 2017 in relation to the purchase or selling of real estate, or has provided or been asked to provide any form of payment to him in relation to any real estate transaction, can contact us on 1300 55 81 81.
Consumers are strongly encouraged to deal only with licensed estate agents when buying or selling property.
In April 2018, our Director issued an addendum in relation to this matter, which can be downloaded below.
Download the public warning:
Real estate services supplied by Craig Alan McIntosh - Addendum to public warning notice (PDF, 196 KB)
Real estate services supplied by Craig Alan McIntosh - Addendum to public warning notice (Word, 250 KB)
Real estate services supplied by Craig Alan McIntosh – Public warning (PDF, 407 KB)