eMoov founder and chief executive Russell Quirk has launched another online petition, this time calling for mandatory licensing of estate agents.
The move is in response to last week’s annual report from The Property Ombudsman which said it had received 16,265 enquiries from consumers seeking advice, with 3,304 formal complaints resolved - 32 per cent up on the previous year. Compensation payments instructed by TPO totalled £811,134 - a record.
Quirk says that these figures are “completely unacceptable" and "it's clear that standards are poor,” and says that while kebab shops, taxi drivers and pension sellers are licensed, those managing the home selling process are not.
“The public tend to move home very infrequently, have limited detailed knowledge of the ins and outs of moving and often encounter a protracted, problematic and stressful experience which can be exasperated by those unprofessional agents that display little support, poor communication and, at worst, bad advice and even dishonesty” he says.
His online petition is here https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/168500.
Back in July, shortly after the result of the Brexit Referendum, Quirk launched another online petition, calling for the scrapping of EPCs which had been “derived from an EU diktat” and were “of little help to either buyer or seller and have not proven to reduce energy consumption.”
By yesterday evening, three months after launch, it had received only 551 signatures.
A petition on the parliament website requires 10,000 signatures to even warrant an official response from the government, and needs 100,000 to be considered for a parliamentary debate.