BC real estate agent fined $5,000 for failing to notify clients of parking


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A British Columbia realtor has been fined $5,000 for failing to find out if building permits had been obtained for renovations on a home she sold.

According to an Aug. 22 BC Financial Services Authority ruling, Vancouver real estate agent Michelle Victoria Collins was fined $5,000 for failing to make “reasonable efforts” on a variety questions about building permits on a house she sold.

According to the decision, the fine dates back to a sale of homes in May 2015.

“You failed to make reasonable efforts to find out if the necessary municipal permits had been obtained for (the) construction of a structure on the southwest corner of the property,” the regulator said.

The decision said Collins also failed to check whether permits had been withdrawn for wiring and plumbing on the property and off-street parking.

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“(Collins) knew, or reasonably ought to have known, that available off-street parking and appropriate municipal permits were important to your purchasing customers and that any or all of this work required municipal permits,” the ruling reads.

The decision gives no details of what happened to the buyer when it turned out that various permits had not been obtained.

The ruling said it was Collins’ first and only offense.

Collins now has 30 days to pay the fine or appeal the decision.

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