How much of a problem are unlicensed real estate agents?

A leading Wellington real estate agent says it is too difficult for agents to remember to renew their licences every year, and wants the licensing “mess” changed.

The claims from Tommy’s Wellington sales director David Platt follow revelations by Stuff that a Kapiti Coast agent was unlicensed when he sold a meth-contaminated house in Waikanae to a young family.

That meant that, when Kiel and Emma Moore-Jones complained to the Real Estate Agents Authority about agent Neil Verry’s behaviour, it could not investigate him.

Instead, the investigation will be into Harcourts agency Team MKH Wellington, which still employs Verry.

Agent who sold P-contaminated house to Kapiti family was not licensed
* Kapiti family homeless after buying meth-contaminated house in Waikanae


Kapiti couple Kiel and Emma Moore-Jones, with their two young daughters, unknowingly bought a P-contaminated house from an unlicensed real estate agent.


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