Claims against a real estate agent or conveyancer

The Agents Indemnity Fund allows you to make a claim against a current or former conveyancer or real estate agent if there's no reasonable way of recovering the money you're owed.

You can claim on the fund if legal action isn't likely to bring you any real benefits, for example, if:

  • the cost of the case will outweigh the benefits
  • the agent or conveyancer won't be able to pay you any money, for example, if they're bankrupt
  • there's no real likelihood of success.

Before making a claim you must be able to demonstrate that you have no reasonable prospect of recovering the full amount of the loss, other than by claiming on the fund.

Who can apply

This may mean you have to wait until dividends from the liquidation of the company are finalised or pursue legal action against the agent or conveyancer.

You must provide supporting documents to substantiate your claim and information such as:

  • how much money was lost
  • how much money you're seeking
  • the events that led you to make the claim.

What happens next

Each claim is considered on a case-by-case basis by Consumer and Business Services (CBS). Claims are usually finalised within four months.

Claims can be delayed if CBS doesn’t receive enough evidence.

If the claim takes longer than four months, you'll be told the reason and the estimated time remaining. If the claim takes a long time to finalise, CBS will update you on its progress every 30 days.

The Crown Solicitor’s Office (CSO) reviews the claim and provides legal advice to CBS. It will also make a recommendation as to whether or not the claim should be paid (in part or in full).

If you or the agent/conveyancer disagree with the decision, you can lodge an appeal with the District Court and you will need to seek independent legal advice.

Find free legal advice near you.

Contact CBS

Online: Contact CBS

Phone: 131 882

GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001

Page last updated 9 December 2022

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