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A prominent real estate agent in Remuera is kicked out of his office for not being vaccinated.
The government does not require that real estate agents or managers be vaccinated, although they can enter people’s homes.
Roy Champtaloup of Megan Jaffe Real Estate, trading as Ray White Remuera, says it’s nobody’s business if he’s been vaccinated.
He is also offended that someone asks him if he is vaccinated: “It’s like I say ‘do you have syphilis? Why should people ask questions about their personal health information? “
Jaffe, director and owner of the agency, said of the 100 employees in her Remuera Rd office, only seven had not been doubly vaccinated.
She will not let unvaccinated people into her office because she says she has control of her own premises and made this decision for good reasons.
“If people don’t get vaccinated it affects their economic engine and they can’t come to the office,” said Jaffe, a former nurse whose husband is heart surgeon Warwick Jaffe.
Jaffe said she is fully vaccinated and takes pandemic measures very seriously, asking every staff member about their vaccination status and adhering to industry guidelines in demanding disinfection and PPE measures .
Alex Tilbury, spokesperson for Ray White’s head office, quoted the Real Estate Institute’s immunization fact sheet as saying: “The industry body of which we are a member will fully support their position, the Real Estate Authority and the government”.
The government has set immunization targets of 90 percent.
The authority said it aims to “support the safety and well-being of all involved in real estate transactions and to prevent and limit the risk of the spread of Covid-19, and to respond to the highly contagious nature of the Delta variant “.
REINZ says agency bosses “cannot demand that staff be vaccinated.”
But it does refer to bosses encouraging staff to do it and giving time for it. A salesperson might refuse to let an agent enter their home if they are not fully vaccinated, REINZ says. Tenants can do the same with unvaccinated managers.
Tilbury said the government had not “mandated” all agents to be vaccinated but discussions with industry had taken place with REINZ on the matter.
A spokesperson for the authority said discussions were underway between REINZ and the immunization authority. The Herald understands that both entities are pushing for officers and managers to have mandatory vaccinations, as they enter people’s homes.
Champtaloup is a licensed seller with authority. He has no pending announcements after returning last month from an extended summer vacation in Europe where he sailed the Greek Islands.
He has been one of the agencies’ best-selling agents, but says he has no direct or personal contact with clients since he lives in the South Island. He only works by phone.
On July 1, he left for London and Greece, returning to New Zealand last month for a two-week MIQ at the Waipuna Hotel in Auckland.
He is based in Arrowtown where he has been for a month, but hopes to return to Auckland in the coming weeks as his family home is in the process of being sold.
He has been an agent for 18 years and said he has sold multi-million dollar properties to Remuera, regularly listed as a “premier artist” and “elite artist” as of 2013.
“I have a strong point of view on immunization. People just tune in to what they see and hear. They are bombarded with cases daily recorded and reported by the government.”
Asked about the exclusion of Remuera from his office, he said: “If someone wants to prevent people from entering their offices because they haven’t succumbed to this ridiculous tenure, then I’m not interested. to enter the office. “
Champtaloup, 63, said he suffered from pleurisy and pneumonia last year.
“I have probably had Covid-19, although I have never had a positive test,” he said.
He is granted an exemption from wearing a mask via a doctor’s letter due to his medical condition and said he does not wear a mask on any flights to or from Europe.
Jaffe said she had no opinion on the seven unvaccinated staff at her agency, but said she had responded to “dozens” of calls from vendors asking for the immunization status of the agency. staff.
The agency’s sales figures remained strong for the year, she said, but she is concerned about the vaccination positions of other agencies.
“They are not all responsible. I know of other officers who are not masked or do not wear personal protective equipment when visiting properties,” she said.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a broad mandate to vaccinate businesses in the hospitality industry and others, including gyms, barbers and hairdressers where customers are expected to have vaccination certificates.