Karl Marcus Leong says he did not intend to deceive the buyers.
Just the same, the B.C. realtor admitted that he did wrong.
The home he listed and sold as a two-bedroom turned out to be just a one-bedroom property.
For this, a discipline committee of the Real Estate Council of B.C. found Leong liable for professional misconduct.
The council ordered Leong to pay a discipline penalty of $5,000, plus $1,500 for enforcement expenses.
In addition, Leong needs to complete a remedial course for real estate trading services.
The council did not suspend the realtor.
Leong’s case goes back to 2014, when he represented the seller of a strata unit in a heritage house in Victoria.
The property consists of the entire second floor of the house, and the second level of an accessory building used as a garage.
The seller, now deceased, utilized the second floor of the accessory building as a second bedroom.
The space includes a roughed-in bath.
From its listing price of $649,000, the strata unit sold for $624,000.
When the buyers took possession, they contacted the City of Victoria.
They inquired about a building permit in order to finish the bathroom in the accessory building.
However, cityhall told the new owners that the accessory building could not be used as a bedroom.
As well, the purchasers learned that the property needs to be rezoned to become a legal two-bedroom unit.
A statement of facts prepared by Leong for the discipline committee acknowledged the “false or misleading representation” of the Victoria property.
As the document noted, Leong “knew, or reasonably ought to have known” that the home had only one bedroom, not two.