The Competition and Markets Authority says it is still monitoring the major property portals.
A statement to Estate Agent Today by the CMA says “we have been monitoring the sector” but confirms no action is currently planned against any portal or agent.
“Where we have reason to suspect that competition law may have been breached through collective agreement over the choice of portals by estate agents we may be writing to the parties involved reminding them of their obligations under competition law” says the authority.
But it adds: “We will continue to monitor developments in the sector and will consider taking further action should we think it is warranted.”
The statement comes after the CMA was described earlier this month by competition lawyer Michael Dean as having the agency industry “in its sights” following a fine of £735,000 by the authority on the Three Counties Estate Agents Association.
In recent months there had been one known complaint to the CMA about Agents Mutual - which the authority says categorically it is not investigating - and two complaints about the Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre, accusing it of breaking anti-competition rules by forcing its members to advertise through its own marketing channels.
The CMA does not comment on current investigations, with a spokesman telling EAT: “We are unable to discuss whether or not we have received any intelligence about a specific concern.”