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Camillo, Perth: John O’Neil & Son real estate fined after agent made huge mistake selling home to buyer

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A John O'Neil & Son estate agent has been fined after a client found an error on their new certificates of title (file image)
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A real estate agent has been fined after a shocked homeowner discovered he had been sold the wrong property.

The buyer learned of the error when she received a call about her first homeownership grant application and was informed that the lot number on her application did not match official records.

The error related to two adjacent, road-facing, strata-titled plots of land in the Perth suburb of Camillo, which belonged to the same sellers.

The two certificates of title listed addresses that did not match the physical addresses of the lots.

In preparing a sale agreement in March 2022, agency John O’Neil & Son relied on the address provided by the seller to obtain the certificate of title and strata plan.

A John O’Neil & Son estate agent has been fined after a client found an error on their new certificates of title (file image)

The agency did not realize that the lot on the purchased certificate of title did not correspond to the lot on the strata plan that was planned to be sold.

The error was not detected during the sale and resulted in the certificate of title being issued in the buyer’s name for the wrong property.

Selling the wrong property to the buyer resulted in the real estate agency being fined $7,000 by the State Administrative Court following Consumer Protection action.

The SAT found that the agency violated the Code of Conduct for Real Estate and Business Sales Agents and Representatives by failing to exercise due care, diligence and skill in preparing a sales agreement.

Consumer Protection Commissioner Trish Blake said it was disappointing that the error had not been caught at any stage during the sales process.

“Errors of this nature are unacceptable and represent significant breaches of laws designed to protect both buyers and sellers of real estate in WA,” he said.

‘Officers must ensure they have appropriate procedures in place to prevent mistakes being made that could lead to disciplinary action.

‘There was no way for the new owner to know he was being sold the wrong property.

“But buyers can put their mind at ease by asking their real estate agent if they have properly checked the property information before signing a legally binding contract.”

Two adjacent street-facing strata-titled land parcels in Camillo, Perth, belonged to the same sellers who provided the agent with incorrect addresses (file image)

Two adjacent street-facing strata-titled land parcels in Camillo, Perth, belonged to the same sellers who provided the agent with incorrect addresses (file image)

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