Woman charged over marketing foreign properties without licence

The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) has charged Tan Yang Po, 50, in court with allegedly acting as an estate agent without being licensed with CEA.

Tan faces five charges of acting as an estate agent without being licensed as an estate agent, the council said in a statement on May 21.

It noted that this is the first prosecution case related to unlicensed estate agency work for the sale of foreign properties.

The CEA said that under the Estate Agents Act, an estate agent must be licensed with CEA before it can market local or foreign properties in Singapore.

It noted that consumers should only engage licensed estate agents and registered salespersons.

They are advised to check the public register of estate agents and salespersons at CEA website www.cea.gov.sg or the mobile app for verification.

Consumers should also report to CEA when they encounter any person who is not listed in the register and carrying out estate agency work illegally.

They can report the person to the CEA on 1800-6432555 or feedback@cea.gov.sg.