Tian Yi Li, also known as Richard, consented to have his license canceled after admitting his professional misconduct, according to a recent opinion from the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC). Li used another agent’s business cards to cultivate a new client and allowed that other agent’s name to be used on official documents, including a contract of purchase and sale, a consent order says. The other agent was out of the country at the time.
Li had only been licensed for a few weeks when this happened in 2016, and he says he did not know the rules and was misled by his boss, a man identified by the initials RK in RECBC documents.
“As a team leader, he asked me to use another cardholder’s business card in the transaction. I was in the industry at that time for less than two months and blindly followed his order, ”Li wrote in an email to CBC News.
“It doesn’t make sense to me to use someone else’s card because it would mean that the commission would go to another person instead of me. I only did it because my team leader [R.K.] told me about. »
Li said his advice for new realtors is to be careful before joining a team and “follow an experienced and honest team leader.”
In an email, an attorney for real estate agent Li identified as RK said he “vehemently denies” the allegations.
Council spokespersons have yet to respond to requests for comment on whether there are any disciplinary proceedings involving RK
Li’s license will be canceled on June 21, and he will not be able to apply for a new one for the next three years. He was also ordered to pay $ 1,500 in execution costs.
The spoofed agent was abroad
The full context of what happened, including Li’s greater explanation for why it happened, is contained in a proposed consent order he submitted to council in April, in which he agrees that his license should be terminated.
It all happened in the fall of 2016, when Li was working for Metro Edge Realty in Richmond, according to the proposal.
Li told the board that in September 2016, the brokerage informed its agents that anyone who did not give three months’ notice before leaving the agency would not receive any pending commission. Li was planning to find a new employer at the time.
But another agent, referred to by the initials JJ, left the agency soon after, and Li alleges that RK told his team that they could work under JJ’s name.
When JJ left, he gave Li some of his new business cards and provided RK with sample contracts and other documents with his name and new brokerage.
“JJ said he provided the documents to RK because he wanted to show RK that he would now be doing business under his own name, rather than under RK’s name, as was the practice while he was part of the RK team, ”the proposal says. .
Li said that RK introduced him to a buyer in October 2016, and before meeting the seller’s agent for a condo project in Delta, “RK asked him to use JJ’s name as his agent. buyer and provide JJ’s business card to the development presentation center. Says the proposal.
Li helped the buyer make an offer using JJ’s name, gave JJ’s business card to the seller’s agent, signed a “Working with a Realtor” brochure under the name JJ and did did not correct the purchase and sale contract when he registered JJ as the buyer’s agent, according to the proposal.
Li told the board that he tried to reach JJ while negotiating the deal, but had no luck.
JJ only found out what had happened when staff at the presentation center emailed him letting him know he owed a commission. He responded to tell them there must be some mistake.
“Mr. Li indicated that after JJ returned from China, JJ blocked his number and did not want to talk to Mr. Li,” the proposal said.
The seller eventually released the buyer from his contract and returned the down payment to him.