On 5 September 2012, the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) filed six charges against Tan Hock Khin (41 years old, Singaporean male) in Court for holding himself as a salesperson without being registered with the Council, and for impeding CEA inspectors from lawfully gathering evidence of the offences, amongst others – property for sale Singapore.

2. Tan was also earlier charged by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) on 16 August 2012 with four counts of providing false information to the authorities – once to the Police and thrice to the CPIB

About the Case

3. CEA’s allegations against Tan are as follows. Tan was not registered as a salesperson with CEA, but he held himself out as one to the public in his online advertisement. He also carried out estate agency work without first getting a written agreement from a licensed estate agent for him to practise – property for sale Singapore – property for sale Singapore.

4. In addition, Tan impeded CEA inspectors from lawfully carrying out their investigation during a field operation. He disallowed the officers entry to the premises and hindered their efforts to gather evidence of the offences. Tan also provided false information during his interview with a CEA inspector. Despite receiving two written notices from CEA, Tan neglected to provide the required information and documents – property for sale Singapore.

Advice for Consumers

5. Consumers are advised to engage salespersons who are registered with CEA. They should obtain the salesperson’s registration number, and verify that the salesperson is listed on CEA’s Public Register at www.cea.gov.sg before engaging his or her services. Consumers should inform CEA when they encounter any person not listed on the Public Register but carrying out estate agency work.

Source: CEA Media Release dated 6 September 2012

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