Ben Chislett ordered by Consumer Affairs Victoria court ruling to get an estate agent's licence

Ben Chislett ordered by Consumer Affairs Victoria court ruling  to get an estate agent's licence
Ben Chislett ordered by Consumer Affairs Victoria court ruling to get an estate agent's licence

Benjamin David Chislett, 39, of Highton, has been ordered to stop operating as a real estate agent until licensed to do so, after Consumer Affairs Victoria took action in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

The court found that Ben Chislett engaged in estate agent activities without being licenced to do so, by permitting two companies of which he was an officer to engage in estate agent activity without a licence.

He permitted Creative Property Australia Pty Ltd to advertise properties for sale on www.ezibuyhomes.com.au, and enter into negotiations for the sale of real estate without a licence; and permitted Benny Bull Pty Ltd to advertise properties for sale on www.realestate.com.au without a licence.

Creative Property Australia Pty Ltd and Benny Bull Pty Ltd, are now in liquidation.

The court also found that Mr Chislett had engaged in false and misleading conduct by falsely:

  • representing that he had a licence to sell property. Furthermore, Mr Chislett engaged in false and misleading conduct by permitting Creative Property Australia Pty Ltd to falsely describe the nature of:
  • Creative Property Australia’s ‘joint venture agreement’ and ‘power of attorney’ documents to a consumer, and
  • a property’s terms of sale in an advertisement.

The court granted orders restraining Mr Chislett from acting as a real estate agent, including exercising, advertising or notifying anyone that he offers the services of a real estate agent, until he is licensed to do so.

Ben Chislett must also not:

  • negotiate the sale, purchase, exchange or lease of a property
  • collect rents for any real estate or business on behalf of another person, until he is suitably licensed to do so.

The court ordered Mr Chislett to submit a number of documents to Consumer Affairs Victoria within 28 days of the court’s order.

These include financial documents, completed sales and rental files, and documents relating to all joint ventures in which he was involved. Mr Chislett was also ordered to pay costs of $6,323.10.

Ben Chislett's website says he is "a renowned personality in the market known for his work and its unsurpassed outcomes."

It says he sells houses at a lightning fast speed.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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