The government has insisted it is still committed to introducing agency qualifications and minimum standards in the sector.
It is almost three years since the Regulation of Property Agents (ROPA) working party recommended a new industry regulator and code of practice, compulsory training and licensing, and significantly beefed up enforcement.
The government has previously expressed its support for the recommendations but the pandemic meant the necessary legislation needed to implement the changes was put on hold.
The state opening of Parliament and Queen’s Speech on 10 May could provide an opportunity for this.
Baroness Hayter, who helped set up the working group, told Estate Agent Today: “It would be such a wasted opportunity if they don’t move on this, since cleaning up the property agency business could do a lot for landlords, renters, buyers, sellers.”
It comes as The Property Franchise Group chief executive Gareth Samples called for a steer earlier this week on when ROPA rules will be introduced.
The department for levelling up, housing and communities has now come back with a statement.
A spokesperson says: “The government is committed to raising the professionalism and standards of property agents, protecting consumers while defending the reputation of good agents from the actions of rogue operatives.
“We are considering the recommendations from the working group on the regulation of property agents, and we will continue to work with industry on improving best practice.”