Applications for an ex gratia payment will be quite common in the future, unless the NSW Office Of Fair Trading start looking closely at the relevant provisions of the NSW Property Stock & Business Agents Act 2002.
An ex gratia payment is made in the exercise of the prerogative power of Government. A payment may be made if a person has suffered a financial loss or other detriment directly as a result of the workings of Government. This detriment must be of a nature which cannot be remedied or compensated through recourse to legal proceedings (or where it is impractical to do so).
After I received a letter of response from Commissioner for Fair Trading Lyn Baker, concerning the placement of SOLD stickers on signage on properties after the conduct of an auction. I was expecting to receive a legally correct answer, but to my surprise what I stumbled on was nothing but false and misleading.
On Thursday 9th July, here is my response to that letter, which clearly shows, even they don’t know their own laws.
My name is George Rousos, sometime back you responded to an email I sent to you, in respect to some of the legal issues at auction. In one of the paragraphs where you had responded to my query on the placement of SOLD stickers on signage on properties after the conduct of an auction. ( as indicated below)
A statement is taken to be false or misleading if it is of such a nature that it would reasonably tend to lead to a belief in the existence of a state of affairs that does not in fact exist, whether or not the statement indicates that the state of affairs does exist.
With all due respect, what you are saying here, still contravenes section 51 of the act…
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