SINGAPORE: A 43-year-old woman was fined S$15,000 on Wednesday (May 8) for acting as a property agent without a licence.
Vanessa Thien Cai Yan was involved in helping two HDB flat owners rent out rooms, said the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) in a media release.
In one case, Thien contacted the owner of a Sengkang HDB flat via Facebook sometime in November 2017. The owner had listed a room for rent on Facebook, and Thien offered to help her look for tenants and charge 25 per cent of a month’s rental as commission should the transaction be successful.
When the owner asked about which property agency she was from, Thien did not reply, said CEA.
The room was eventually rented to a Myanmar national for S$550 a month for a six-month tenancy. The tenant transferred the money to Thien, who then gave the owner S$412.50 after deducting her commission.
In the other case, Thien contacted a woman on online marketplace Carousell on Nov 30, 2017.
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Adapted from CNA 8 May 2019