Regulatory Decisions And Disclosures

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 Decisions

September 1, 2017 - Licence Suspensions (2)

NOTICE OF LICENCE SUSPENSION

Effective September 1, 2017

The Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission hereby gives notice that the real estate broker licence for Timothy Harris, broker of Tradewinds Realty in Chester, Nova Scotia is suspended from September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 for violating the following sections of the Real Estate Trading Act and the Commission Bylaw:

The charges resulted from a disciplinary hearing in which it was determined that Harris took a framed photograph from a house he had listed without permission or knowledge of the sellers, removed the photograph from its frame, took photographs of the photograph and posted a digital copy to his own Facebook page under the title “Images of Nova Scotia, a private collection of Tim Harris”. The photograph was not returned to the property until the sellers asked where it was. Harris was not truthful when asked about the reasons for the removal of the photo and he did not tell the sellers he made copies of the photo. After the sellers submitted a complaint to the Commission, Harris attempted, both directly and indirectly, to have the sellers withdraw the complaint.

In addition to the license suspension, Harris was ordered to pay $4,000 in fines and $26,270.07 in legal costs. This notice has been distributed to licensees in accordance with Commission Bylaw 839.

NOTICE OF LICENCE SUSPENSION

Effective September 1, 2017
 

The Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission hereby gives notice that the real estate broker licence for Martina Robinson, broker of Robinson & Harmsen Lifestyle Real Estate Inc. in Lake Charlotte, Nova Scotia is suspended from September 1, 2017 to September 1, 2018 for violating the following sections of the Real Estate Trading Act and the Commission Bylaw:

The charges result from a discipline hearing that resulted from Robinson’s failure to obtain an acceptable rating on four consecutive audits. The Panel found that Robinson failed to demonstrate the skill, knowledge, judgement or desire to be a competent broker, showed little regard for her clients/customers and licensees at her brokerage, and displayed disdain for the Commission, its policies and procedures. The Panel found Robinson demonstrated a lack of knowledge to implement procedures, review documents, and understand agency. Further, the Panel found that Robinson, through her actions and behaviours, substantially increased the costs of the investigation and hearing, costs that the panel strongly believed should not be borne by fellow licensees.

Robinson is also subject to a letter of reprimand, ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $52,800.12 in legal costs. The reinstatement of Robinson’s broker licence is conditional upon retaking the broker licensing course, passing the real estate broker exam, and complying with the audit schedule set out by the Discipline Panel. This notice has been distributed to licensees in accordance with Commission Bylaw 839.

August 8, 2017 - Licence Suspension

NOTICE OF LICENCE SUSPENSION

Effective August 8, 2017

The Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission hereby gives notice that the following individual's real estate licence has been suspended for failure to comply with the closing audit for Sell Rent Buy Real Estate, per Commission Bylaw 609

  •  Samuel Rad, Associate Broker, Sutton Group Professional Realty and former Broker of Sell Rent Buy Real Estate.

This notice has been distributed to licensees in accordance with Commission Bylaw 839.

Discipline Newsletters

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601-1595 Bedford Highway
Bedford, NS
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