The Competition and Markets Authority has released a 135 page document giving explicit details of its latest agency cartel investigation.
This includes emails, telephone calls and interviews with and between the agents at the centre of the scandal; it also refers to some agents and witnesses whose evidence was regarded as unreliable, and some who did not initially cooperate with the CMA's investigation.
Last month the CMA announced that three Berkshire estate agents had been fined more than £600,000 for illegally fixing the minimum commission rates they charged their customers.
The companies Michael Hardy, Prospect, Richard Worth, and a fourth company, Romans, broke competition law by running a cartel which set minimum commission rates for properties in Wokingham, Winnersh, Crowthorne, Bracknell and Warfield.
Today’s details give exhaustive explanation of the agencies’ activities and how the CMA conducted the probe - including visits to the agents’ offices, interviews with agents, so-called ‘state of play’ meetings and a leniency deal with one of the agents.
You can find the full document here.