Responsibility for marketing houses
131.Section 106 states that only a seller or an agent may be responsible (for the purposes of the Act) for marketing a house. The agent and the seller cannot have the responsibility at the same time, and where there is an agent they will be the responsible person. Where there is an agent responsible for marketing the property, the seller must take reasonable steps to inform a potential buyer that they should ask the agent for the prescribed documents. This section also makes clear that a person can market the same house on more than one occasion.
132.The responsibility of a person acting as an agent is described in section 107. The person becomes responsible on taking steps that result in the house put on the market. They have the responsibility until the house is sold, taken off the market, they no longer act for the seller or they stop taking any action to market the house. The responsibility of a seller is set out in section 108. Where the seller does not have an agent and takes steps to put the house on the market, then they become responsible for the provision of information. This ceases when the house is sold, taken off the market or the seller stops taking any action to market the house. Actions taken on the seller’s behalf by an agent are excluded.