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KEYWORD "Trading Standards" - 101 RESULTS
Referral Fees: Guild backs tighter rules and is checking members for compliance

The Guild of Property Professionals has welcomed government steps to provide buyers and sellers with greater transparency in transactions - and...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: government amends guide for buyers and sellers

The government has issued a revised version of its official How To Buy and How To Sell documents, aimed at consumers...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New Regulator: Countrywide welcomes reform but warns it’ll be tough

Countrywide has thrown its weight behind the proposals for a new single industry-wide regulator taking on the roles of Trading Standards...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned to be in a redress scheme for ALL aspects of their work

Estate and letting agents are being urged to check that they are signed up with an approved redress scheme that covers...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New industry regulations: clarity and speed are vital

A leading figure in the PropTech sector says clarity and speed are vital to ensure agencies can adequately prepare for a...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Beyond the headlines - What the new regulator really means

The industry press has given substantial space to recommendations from the Regulation of Property Agents, the government’s working party which has...

20 July 2019

From: Features

Clampdown on agents - Ombudsman to refer more to Trading Standards

The Property Ombudsman will in future refer more estate agents to the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agent Team if...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Incoming – a summer of change for estate and letting agents

You may be right in thinking that Brexit has dominated the thinking of the government in the last three years. However,...

22 June 2019

From: Features

Over 150 agents link with 'Modern Method' online auction firm

An online auction service which only came into existence in September last year claims to have 150 partner estate agents already,...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

A moving tide of regulation making its way towards estate agents

It may well seem that the government is pre-occupied with one issue, and one issue alone. While preparations for Brexit take up a...

01 June 2019

From: Features

Compliance clampdown on Referral Fees and Modern Method of Auction

The Property Ombudsman says its members must in future disclose referral fees in a bid to make previously-hidden costs open and...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The man who polices the agency industry - an exclusive interview

It’s clear that some agents are not fans of Trading Standards officers, described in the comments sections of the trade press...

27 April 2019

From: Features

Trading Standards speak out: We do NOT favour online estate agencies

The head of the new Trading Standards authority regulating estate agents says Online firms are treated exactly the same as High...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New industry Trading Standards team has just 14 to cover sales and lettings

Estate Agent Today has been given details of the new National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team - the body...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New regulatory body for agents: will it have resources to do the job?

The jury appears to be out on whether the new enforcement body for estate and lettings agents will be resourced sufficiently...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New body to police estate and lettings agents, taking over from NTSEAT

A new team has been set up to police all estate and letting agency legislation including the upcoming tenants' fees ban. The...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency charged over fees and “undue influence”

A family run estate agency faces a string of charges relating to commission fees and “undue influence” exerted on clients. The charges...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Upfront information will be crucial to the future of buying and selling

When it comes to major issues confronting housing, and in particular the direction that the government would like to take the...

23 March 2019

From: Features

Agents warned over referral fees: You're in the last-chance saloon

Estate agents have been warned that if new guidance over referral fees is not taken seriously, they could be faced with...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees clampdown welcomed as “a triumph for consumers”

The National Association of Estate Agents has led the support for stricter new guidelines on transparency for referral fees. The clampdown means agents...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral fees: new guidance to agents revealed by NTSEAT

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team has this afternoon revealed new industry guidance to make referral fees more transparent to...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT issues new guidance on redress in leasehold disputes

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency team has issued new guidance for those seeking redress over leasehold disputes.  This guidance contains a...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New guidance over Dual Fees to agents to be issued by Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman is to give agents new guidance on dual fees, following a surge in complaints from the public. In 2017, TPO received...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The importance of being part of a trade association

When it comes to letting a property, it is important that landlords and renters have faith in their agent. The more...

26 January 2019

From: Features

NAEA and Guild back government's new Housing Complaints service

  The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Lettings Agents have thrown their weight behind the government’s latest...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on referral fees: new Trading Standards guidance to be issued

It’s been revealed that the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team is to deliver new guidelines to agents for referral fees...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks slapped on wrist (again) after complaint over radio ads

Purplebricks has been the subject of another complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority - and the issue has again been categorised...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Increased Trading Standards budget should focus on CPRs compliance

You will perhaps have seen recently that the Government has decided to boost funding to the regulator, the National Trading Standards...

29 September 2018

From: Features

Crackdown on agents likely as government doubles funding for regulator

In a surprise weekend announcement the government has almost doubled funding for the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team - the...

01 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another online agency’s savings claim under scrutiny

An online estate agency run by one of the country’s youngest entrepreneurs has agreed to change a reference about savings on...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the practicalities

In our previous blog, we looked at the definitions outlined by the CPRs. In our next blog we’ll look at the...

21 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Agent defying advertising watchdog demands details of his 'penalties'

The estate agent who is refusing to abide by a decision of the Advertising Standards Authority is now demanding details of...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme admits some agents may have missed 'quit' deadline

The redress scheme which formally quit the housing sector admits some estate agencies may have missed its deadline - and are thus...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards warns agents they must switch to valid redress scheme soon

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team has this morning issued a warning to agents that they must be signed up to...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New twist in row over agent refusing to delete claims about Purplebricks

There’s a new twist in the row between a Cornish agent and the Advertising Standards Authority. The row revolves around a tweet...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rebel agent turns fire on ZPG as advertising watchdog ponders sanctions

The Advertising Standards Authority says its compliance team is considering its next steps following the refusal of estate agency PDQ Estates...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned! Maverick agent must not repeat claims about Purplebricks

An agent from Cornwall who has waged a long-running campaign against online agencies in general and Purplebricks in particular has been...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees may be banned following Trading Standards survey

National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team and two of the three industry redress organisations have launched a survey to measure the...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent to face trail - he denies lying over sales information

It is understood that an estate agent from Cornwall is to face trial over allegations that he misled potential customers over...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The Property Ombudsman waives joining fee for redress rival’s agents

The battle to become the single ombudsman service after the government rationalises the redress system across housing has taken an unexpected...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

London homes to be raffled by start-up entrepreneur for £5 a ticket

A flat in Brixton is being raffled for £5 a ticket by a start-up entrepreneur who claims this is just the...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More details revealed on range of agency reform proposals

  More details have emerged of the government’s proposals to enhance estate agency regulation, regulate referral fees, offer guides for buyers and...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Reforms to house buying process and agents’ qualifications announced

The government has announced further measures which will, in its words, “professionalise” house buying and the estate agency business. In yet another Sunday...

08 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman scheme launches online training on CPRs for agents

The Property Ombudsman has launched an online training module which it describes as the first of its kind.  The interactive module -...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsmen get ready to slug it out for dominance

Have you noticed a new turf war going on on the fringes of the agency world? It’s not a high-profile battle like...

17 March 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – Q & A with Isobel Thomson, NALS

This week I carry out a question and answer session with one of the most high-profile names in property. Isobel Thomson has...

10 February 2018

From: Features

Pressure mounts on Purplebricks to release actual sales figures

Pressure continues to mount on Purplebricks to reveal its sales data after a weekend during which claims about its effectiveness continued...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Should agents pay for an increased Trading Standards budget?

A large part of the DCLG’s Call for Evidence on the home buying and selling process focuses on the role of...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Guild agents to have ID cards indicating training credentials

The Guild of Property Professionals is to allow its associate members to have ID cards showing clients that they have passed...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: agency wins advert dispute over Local Property Experts

Complaints about a Purplebricks claim concerning its Local Property Experts have been rejected by the Advertising Standards Authority. Complaints came from PDQ...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks viewings complaint informally resolved by ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has informally resolved another complaint made against wording on Purplebricks’ website.  A complainant suggested that the wording...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks told to slow growth and get its house in order by City analyst

After a roller-coaster day on the Stock Exchange yesterday, Purplebricks has sought to defend itself against further possible share price losses...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Scrap the bureaucracy and let’s have simple rental regulation

That the private rental sector has become the government’s whipping boy for housing problems - landlords in particular, letting agents almost...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Guild training programme approved by Trading Standards

Independent estate agency network The Guild of Property Professionals has announced that its training scheme has been given formal approval. The Associate...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Redress schemes working together to drive out 'poor practice'

The industry’s three government-approved redress schemes have this week issued an updated version of their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU is...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market review

In recent years the mortgage industry has gone through some testing times. Recession and regulation have led to more stringent lending...

08 April 2017

From: Features

The world is your oyster! Q & A with AIPP’s Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson, CEO of AIPP – Association of International Property Professionals – shines a light onto the international property market. Some UK...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Clients of agency and mortgage firm asked to come forward

Former clients of a Scottish estate and letting agency and mortgage company are being asked by a corporate insolvency firm to...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards takes agency sales claim to advertising watchdog

The trading standards team of a county council has taken the unusual step of challenging the sales claim of an estate...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Money Laundering: HMRC to work closely with Trading Standards

HMRC and the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team have agreed new procedures to “enhance and ease the current flow of...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Council's For Sale/To Let board fines come into effect tomorrow

A controversial scheme in a London borough, limiting the size and duration of letting and estate agents’ boards on display, comes...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils serving Fixed Penalties on agents leaving up For Sale boards

A number of local authorities are now serving £100 or £120 fixed penalty notices on estate agents who display For Sale...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Portal Juggling: new software shows agents de-listing/re-listing properties

New software has been devised which can allow users to identify individual properties that have been ‘portal juggled’ - de-listed and...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

RICS is latest body to warn agents on dangers of portal juggling

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is the latest body within the industry to warn its members against portal juggling. Following statements...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Redressing the wrongs of agents remains fair and impartial

When a tenant paid his initial one month’s rent in addition to a tenancy deposit in exchange for the keys to...

05 November 2016

From: Features

Trading Standards says portal juggling 'deceives and harms consumers'

Portal juggling has been defined as one of a number of "emerging threats" aimed at deceiving consumers through the manipulation of...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT investigating kidnapping, violence and insider trading

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team based in Powys has revealed that its cases under investigation include apparent offences of...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Watchdog explains why agency complaints 'informally resolved'

The Advertising Standards Authority has explained to Estate Agent Today why many of the complaints made against estate and letting agents...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT wants agents and public to report future portal juggling issues

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team has followed up the recent announcement by The Property Ombudsman to counteract portal juggling by...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman revises Codes of Practice to address portal juggling

The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) has announced that it will be issuing updated versions of all its Codes of Practice on...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agency fined after 'misleading' statements on its website

An estate agency has been fined after a trading standards team accused it of making misleading statements on its website. Warwickshire county...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Portal juggling: campaigning agent demands action against portals

An agent at the centre of the campaign to expose and stop portal juggling wants to know whether the National Trading...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT, NAEA, Redress schemes all warn against portal juggling

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team is warning agents not to engage in portal juggling - an activity it describes...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

NAEA accuses agency of 'misleading the public' over membership

The National Association of Estate Agents has warned an agency that it is misleading the public by using the association logo...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent faces £7,500 bill after 'misleading' ads about homes on sale

An estate agent has been ordered by a court to pay more than £7,500 after admitting advertising holiday homes as permanent...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Vendor has been running campaign against bankrupt agency since 2014

A disillusioned vendor has been running a campaign against standard term agency contracts for almost two years.  Paul Tranter has been specifically...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Time to stick it up: Agents still not complying with transparency law

Running a business is not easy, but sometimes it becomes harder because we are expected to modify our behaviour due to...

20 May 2016

From: Features

Portal juggling: now the public start passing complaints to NTSEAT

A member of the public has submitted a complaint on portal juggling to the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team following...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT urges agents to comment on Cutting Red Tape initiative

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team is urging the industry to comment on a government initiative aimed at cutting red...

09 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Portal juggling: NTSEAT confirms it is investigating agents' allegations

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team has over the weekend repeated its intention to investigate allegations of so-called portal juggling...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Home owners' consumer group says Brexit may lead to house price falls

The influential Home Owners’ Alliance pressure group says Britain pulling out of the EU would probably depress house prices. The HOA - a...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Sean Hooker, Head of Redress, PRS

Who are you? I’m the Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme. I previously worked for Legal & General PLC dealing...

23 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Why the NAEA is right to tighten money laundering screws

News from the Halifax this week that the combined values of the residential properties in London amounts to £1.13 trillion, virtually...

13 November 2015

From: Features

Anti-money laundering: NAEA says many agencies haven't nominated key roles

The National Association of Estate Agents admits that “take up has been low” in its bid to persuade each member agent to...

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent denies £250k fraud allegation made by Trading Standards team

An estate agent is going on trial concerning allegations that he defrauded people of over a quarter of a million pounds. Russell...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents' fees: CMA and TPO collaborate on new guidance to agents

The Property Ombudsman and the Competition and Markets Authority have prepared a supplementary guidance note to help agents ensure compliance with the Competition Act.  The...

14 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Mutual’s latest ‘letter of intent’: what’s in it for agents?

The consumer is King and to protect sellers and buyers' best interests estate and letting agents have to operate in the...

09 October 2015

From: Features

Sheffield: an example of how a local authority can enforce compliance

It’s been nearly a year since all lettings and property management agents have been legally required to join a redress scheme...

25 September 2015

From: Features

Agent says Trading Standards CPR guidance is complete mess

A High Street estate agent has branded the latest guidance to the industry on Consumer Protection Regulations as “a complete mess”...

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

New Trading Standards 'toolkit' to beef up policing of estate agents

A new ‘enforcement toolkit’ has been designed to assist local authority trading standards teams beef up its policing of local estate...

08 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Concerns over agents' obligation to reveal property defects

There have been concerns raised over new trading standards guidance for estate agents on having to reveal ‘significant defects’ about properties...

03 September 2015

From: Breaking News

New official guidance to help agents meet CPRs and BPRs

A new trading standards Guidance on Property Sales has been launched aimed at improving estate agency service to customers.  The Powys-based National...

02 September 2015

From: Breaking News

'Complaining Cow' warns of property redress chaos

A consumer champion says a new privatised system of Alternative Dispute Resolution, being introduced in October, threatens to create ‘complaints chaos’...

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to Trading Standards review briefing

Agents and other property professionals are being invited to a briefing on how new trading standards guidance will affect the industry. The...

30 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Why estate agents must come to terms with change

A riposte to Paul Smith's article 'Why Estate Agents Must Stand Up to the Power of the Portals' I just read an...

17 July 2015

From: Features

HomeOwners’ Alliance – an organisation to watch

There is a very interesting but easily-overlooked piece of information at the end of the National Trading Standards Estate Agent Team’s...

17 July 2015

From: Features

Trading Standards unveil property sales guidance

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team has prepared a draft of revised guidelines on property sales, to replace the old...

14 July 2015

From: Breaking News

PRS Announce Partnership with Small Claims Mediation

The Property Redress Scheme (PRS) is delighted to announce their partnership with the award winning mediation provider, Small Claims Mediation (SCM) The...

11 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

It's time for OTM to drop the exclusivity rule

Yesterday we heard about the letter from the CMA warning agents about anti-competitive behaviour. Today, in a scoop for Estate Agent...

04 June 2015

From: Features

NTSEAT to meet with CMA over OTM cartel complaints

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) is to meet with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to discuss complaints...

04 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Fee disclosure: Are you ready for an inspection?

Earlier this week we passed the official deadline for letting agents to fully publicise their fees as well as providing evidence of...

29 May 2015

From: Features

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