Regulation of estate agents ‘unnecessary’, says OFT – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 22nd, 2010 in estate agents, news, reports, solicitors by sally

“Solicitors have expressed disappointment that the Office of Fair Trading did not propose the regulation of estate agents in its home buying and selling report published last week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Office of Fair Trading vs Foxtons Ltd – Times Law Reports

Posted July 29th, 2009 in estate agents, news, unfair contract terms by sally

Office of Fair Trading vs Foxtons Ltd

Chancery Division

“Provisions in an estate agent’s standard terms and conditions of its letting contracts with landlords relating to renewal commission, third party renewal commission and sales commission were unfair.”

The Times, 29th July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Foxtons’ contracts were unfair because key terms were hidden, rules High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 14th, 2009 in estate agents, news, unfair contract terms by sally

“The terms and conditions in a letting agency’s contracts with landlords were unfair, the High Court has said. The agency, Foxtons, must now change the way it contracts with landlords.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th July 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Office of Fair Trading v Foxtons Ltd – Times Law Reports

Posted April 14th, 2009 in estate agents, injunctions, law reports, unfair contract terms by sally

Office of Fair Trading v Foxtons Ltd

Court of Appeal

“An injunction granted in a general challenge by the Office of Fair Trading against the unfairness of certain clauses in an estate agent’s standard terms could extend to the continuing use of unfair terms in an existing contract.”

The Times, 10th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Office of Fair Trading v Foxtons Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted April 7th, 2009 in estate agents, injunctions, law reports, unfair contract terms by sally

Office of Fair Trading v Foxtons Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 288; [2009] WLR (D) 128

“An injunction granted in a general challenge by the Office of Fair Trading against the unfairness of certain clauses in an estate agent’s standard terms could extend to the continuing use of unfair terms in an existing contract.”

WLR Daily, 6th April 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Solicitors to take on estate agents – The Times

Posted March 19th, 2009 in estate agents, news, solicitors by sally

“Solicitors have declared war on estate agents. They are calling for a licensing system to bring them under strict regulation and for greater transparency over what they call excessive fees.”

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The Times, 19th March 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Agents ‘breaking home pack law’ – BBC News

Posted August 4th, 2008 in estate agents, home information packs, news by sally

“Some estate agents in England and Wales are breaking the law by marketing properties without ordering a Home Information Pack, the BBC has learned.”

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BBC News, 2nd August 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Couple win £5,000 for lesbian house advert – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 29th, 2008 in advertising, estate agents, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

“A lesbian couple who were publicly outed in a web advert by their estate agents have won £5,000 in compensation.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Estate agents lose out to vendors in appeal ruling – The Times

Posted May 28th, 2008 in estate agents, news by sally

“Estate agents have lost the right to commission if a buyer to whom they show a property then makes an offer through another joint agency.”

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The Times, 28th May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Bicknell v Foxtons Ltd – Times Law Reports

Posted May 1st, 2008 in estate agents, law reports by sally

Bicknell v Foxtons Ltd

Court of Appeal

“An estate agent was entitled to a commission under a sole agency agreement only if he introduced to the client a person who was the eventual purchaser.”

The Times, 1st May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

OFT sues Foxtons over ‘unfair’ rental commissions – The Times

Posted February 27th, 2008 in estate agents, news by sally

“The way estate agents charge commission on residential property lettings could be dramatically overhauled after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) launched a legal case against Foxtons, claiming the agency’s terms and conditions are unfair.”

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The Times, 26th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

HIPS – OFT advises estate agents on their obligations – OFT

Posted July 31st, 2007 in estate agents, home information packs, press releases by sally

“The OFT has today advised all estate agents in England and Wales that a failure to comply with the new Home Information Packs (HIPs) regulations could result in a ban from estate agency work.”

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OFT press release, 31st July 2007

Source: www.oft.gov.uk

Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007

Posted July 26th, 2007 in consumer protection, estate agents, legislation by sally

Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk