Member complaint handling and dispute resolution policy

How to make a complaint

Real Estate Agents League’s members aim to make it easy for you to bring any problems or complaints to the agents attention.

You should first raise your issue with the agent, representative or property manager who is handling your business.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you can make a complaint to the agency on your authority, by:

As a third party, we will forward the complaint onto the licensed agent and follow up a response for you.

Please provide as much detail as possible about your complaint, including the outcome you would like.

If you need help to describe or send your complaint, or if you would like to discuss your concerns informally first, please feel free to contact us.

How we will handle your complaint

Our authorised person will oversee the complaints process. This person is responsible for working with you and the relevant agency, to ensure that the issues you raise are fully examined and that your complaint is handled in accordance with this process.

will treat the process, and all the details of your complaint, in strict confidence. If we need to discuss any issues arising from your complaint with someone outside of the agency, we will obtain your consent first.

We will always try to give you a fair opportunity to explain your case. You should make your initial complaint as clear as possible.

How long will it take?

We will try to resolve your complaint as soon as possible. However, how long this takes will depend on the nature and complexity of the issues you have raised.

We will send you acknowledgment of receipt of the complaint within two business days.

We will give you an estimate of how long it may take us to deal with the matter and we will try to finalise the matter within five business days.

What action will we take in response to your complaint?

We will look at your complaint and we will then, with the appropriate agent, decide what action should be taken in response. We will always try to match our response to the nature of your complaint and your desired outcome, but this may not always be possible.

Some of the things we might do include:

  • take steps to rectify the problem or issue you have raised
  • give you additional information or advice so you can understand what happened or how we have dealt with it
  • take steps to change our policies or procedures if your complaint identifies a problem in the way our members are doing things.

What if you’re still unhappy?

Sometimes it will not be possible to resolve a complaint to everyone’s satisfaction, and you might want to escalate the matter to the Authority in your State.

The State Authority can deal with enquiries and complaints about real estate agents and offers information, advice and dispute resolution services on real estate issues.

Consumer Affairs (Victoria) 1300 73 70 30

Fair Trading (Queensland) 13 74 68

Fair Trading (New South Wales) 1300 888 529

Consumer & Business Services (South Australia) 131 882

Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading (Tasmania) 1300 65 44 99

Consumer Protection (Western Australia) 1300 136 237

Attorney-General and Justice (Northern Territory) 08 8999 1800

Office of Regulatory Services (Australian Capital Territory) 02 6207 3000

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