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Regulatory Decisions And Disclosures

Disciplinary Decisions and Licence Suspensions

Disciplinary Licence Suspensions

Effective January 16, 2021

The Registrar hereby gives notice the real estate salesperson licence for Sarah Sullivan of Century 21 Trident Realty Ltd. is suspended effective January 16, 2021 up to and including February 15, 2021 for violating the following section of the Real Estate Trading Act and the Commission By-law:

  • Real Estate Trading Act, Section 22 (1) (a)
  • Commission By-law 816

The violations resulted from an investigation of a complaint from a member of the public. The complainant, who owned a dog, was a tenant of a property that was listed for sale. Ms. Sullivan viewed the property with a potential buyer.  

At a later date, Ms. Sullivan approached the complainant, and asked if they were interested in selling the dog, which they advised they were not. Ms. Sullivan offered to take the dog while they moved out of the property. Ms. Sullivan took the dog and failed to return it. In response to efforts by the complainant to have the dog returned, Ms. Sullivan inappropriately used or threated to use information she acquired only as a result of her access to the property as a real estate licensee. When the matter was investigated, she provided false/misleading information to the investigator on several occasions. Ms. Sullivan had previously been disciplined in 2014 for providing false information to the Commission during the course of an investigation. 

This conduct is dishonourable, unprofessional, harmful to the best interests of the public and to the reputation of the industry at large. The public must have confidence that when they provide access to their property to members of the profession, that their privacy will be respected and information shall be gathered, used and shared, only for reasons related to the trading in real estate. Further, it is a violation to provide false/misleading information to the Commission.  

Ms. Sullivan is ordered to pay $2,500 in fines and is subject to a one-month licence suspension. 

This notice has been distributed to licensees in accordance with Commission By-law 839.

Effective January 18, 2021

The Registrar hereby gives notice the real estate salesperson licence for Adam Scott of HaliPad Real Estate Inc. is suspended effective January 18, 2021 up to and including February 17, 2021 for violating the following section of the Real Estate Trading Act:

  • Real Estate Trading Act, Section 22 (1) (a)

The violation resulted from an investigation of a complaint from a member of the public. The evidence supported Mr. Scott facilitated a viewing with a client knowing the client arrived from outside of Atlantic Canada the night before and had not completed the province’s COVID-19 pandemic mandatory 14-day self-isolation. The Commission communicated to the industry numerous times via e-mail and posted on our website that licensees are required to follow the COVID-19 health directives from the federal and provincial government. The Commission also provided licensees with the direct link to this information. 

Mr. Scott is ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and is subject to a one-month licence suspension. 

This notice has been distributed to licensees in accordance with Commission By-law 839.

CPE Licence Suspensions

The following individuals' real estate licences are suspended for failure to complete continuing education requirements.

Chico Nadeem Francis, former salesperson with Royal LePage Atlantic

Alexander Halef, former salesperson with Novacorp Properties Limited

Sarah Comeau, former salesperson with Red And White Realty "NS" Inc.

Yao (Foxx) Liu, former salesperson with Royal LePage Atlantic

Carolle MacIntosh, former salesperson with HaliPad Real Estate Inc.

John Reader, former associate broker with Devencore Atlantic Limited

This suspension is published in accordance with Commission Bylaw 839.

Released on June 17, 2020

List of E&O Licence Suspensions

The following individuals' real estate licences are immediately suspended for failure to pay their errors and omissions insurance, in accordance with Commission Bylaw 365(b).

  • Garth MacDonald, former salesperson with Exit Realty Town & Country
  • Rick Findlay, former salesperson with Sutton Group Professional Realty
  • This suspension is published in accordance with Commission Bylaw 839.

    Released on February 4, 2020

The Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission has the authority, pursuant to the Real Estate Trading Act and the Commission Bylaw, to publish licensing and disciplinary decisions and disclosures. In addition to notices of licence suspensions and terminations, the Commission publishes a bi-annual Discipline Newsletter, which serves as an educational tool for licensees and is available to the public in accordance with the following:

  • Investigations that result in fines of $500 or less are summarized along with the sanction. Neither the licensee nor the brokerage are named in this summary.
  • Investigations that result in fines greater than $500 include the licensee’s name, the brokerage name, a summary of the circumstances that led to the investigation, the sanctions and any costs the licensee is ordered to pay.

When a licence is suspended, the Registrar may also notify the public by publishing the information in the provincial newspaper, in accordance with Commission Bylaw 839.

Disciplinary Newsletters

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