Two New Jersey real estate agents are facing a civil lawsuit from a homeowner who alleges the listing agent steered potential buyers away from the home so he could use it for "sexual escapades."
According to NorthJersey.com, the homeowners, Richard and Sandra Weiner, of Denville, N.J., claim their agent, Robert Lindsay, was seen on security cameras having relations in the Weiners' bedroom with another real estate agent, Jeannemarie Phelan.
"Defendants Coldwell and Lindsay were engaged by the Weiners to market and sell their home in Wayne, New Jersey. Instead, Lindsay and Phelan, through Lindsay’s illegal and dishonest acts, used the Weiners’ home as their play pad to have sexual relations in the Weiners’ bedroom, among other places in the home," the suit states.
The lawsuit, filed Dec. 6 in the New Jersey Superior Court in Passaic County, also states: "Worst yet, all of Lindsay and Phelan’s sexual escapades were recorded on security video cameras located in the Weiners’ home."
The Weiners are seeking compensatory damages for invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, trespass of land and other civil counts.
According to NorthJersey.com, the Weiners began working with Lindsay, an agent for Coldwell Banker, in early 2010. When Lindsay told Weiners the home would sell for $650,000, the couple contracted him to list it in December 2011.
The lawsuit also alleges that Lindsay made a duplicate key to the house and "intentionally listed the house above market value to avoid Realtor traffic in the home while he and Phelan carried on their trysts."
Coldwell Banker of Madison, N.J., is also named in the lawsuit. Hal Maxwell, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y., said in an email: "Immediately after learning of the allegation of improper behavior at the property by two independent contractors in January 2012, we ceased our affiliation with the agents."