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Estate Agents Act 1979

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Application of Act

    1. 1. Estate agency work.

    2. 2. Interests in land.

  3. Orders by Office of Fair Trading

    1. 3. Orders prohibiting unfit persons from doing estate agency work.

    2. 4. Warning orders.

    3. 5. Supplementary provisions as to orders under sections 3 and 4.

    4. 6. Revocation and variation of orders under sections 3 and 4.

    5. 7. Appeals.

    6. 8. Register of orders etc.

  4. Information, entry and inspection

    1. 9. Information for the OFT .

    2. 10. Restriction on disclosure of information.

    3. 11. Powers of entry and inspection.

  5. Clients’ money and accounts

    1. 12. Meaning of “clients’ money” etc.

    2. 13. Clients’ money held on trust or as agent.

    3. 14. Keeping of client accounts.

    4. 15. Interest on clients’ money.

    5. 16. Insurance cover for clients’ money.

    6. 17. Exemptions from section 16.

  6. Regulation of other aspects of estate agency work

    1. 18. Information to clients of prospective liabilities.

    2. 19. Regulation of pre-contract deposits outside Scotland.

  7. Supervision, enforcement, publicity, etc.

    1. 20. Prohibition of pre-contract deposits in Scotland.

    2. 21. Transactions in which an estate agent has a personal interest.

    3. 22. Standards of competence.

    4. 23. Bankrupts not to engage in estate agency work.

  8. Redress schemes

    1. 23A.Redress schemes

    2. 23B.Enforcement

    3. 23C.Meaning of residential property

  9. Supervision, enforcement, publicity etc.

    1. 24. Supervision by Council on Tribunals.

    2. 25. General duties of OFT .

    3. 26. Enforcement authorities.

    4. 27. Obstruction and personation of authorised officers.

  10. Supplementary

    1. 28. General provisions as to offences.

    2. 29. Service of notices etc.

    3. 30. Orders and regulations.

    4. 31. Meaning of “business associate” and “controller”.

    5. 32. Meaning of “associate”.

    6. 33. General interpretation provisions.

    7. 34. Financial provisions.

    8. 35. Scotland.

    9. 36. Short title, commencement and extent.

  11. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Provisions Supplementary to Section 3(1)

      1. Spent convictions

        1. 1.A conviction which is to be treated as spent for...

      2. Discrimination

        1. 2.A person shall be deemed to have committed discrimination for...

        2. 3.After the expiry of the period of five years beginning...

        3. 4.(1) So far as paragraphs 2 and 3 above relate...

        4. 5.In the application of paragraphs 2 to 4 above to...

        5. 6.In the application of paragraphs 2 to 4 above to...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Procedure etc.

      1. Part I Orders and Decisions Under Sections 3, 4 and 6

        1. Introductory

          1. 1.In this Schedule— (a) subject to sub-paragraph (2) below, references...

        2. Notice of proposal

          1. 2.(1) The OFT shall give to the person affected a...

        3. Hearing of representations

          1. 3.Where the OFT receives notice under paragraph 2(3)(b) above it...

          2. 4.(1) In the course of the hearing of oral representations...

          3. 5.If the Dirctor adjourns the hearing it shall give the...

        4. Decision

          1. 6.(1) The OFT shall take into account in deciding whether...

          2. 7.If the OFT decides not to proceed with its proposal...

          3. 8.If the OFT decides to proceed with its proposal it...

        5. Notification of decision

          1. 9.(1) Notice of the decision to make the order, and...

          2. 10.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) below, the order to which...

      2. Part II Applications Under Sections 6(1) and 8(3)

        1. 11.Any reference in this Part of this Schedule to an...

        2. 12.An application shall be in writing and be in such...

        3. 13.The OFT may by notice require the applicant to publish...

        4. 14.If an application does not comply with paragraph 12 above...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Redress Schemes

      1. Approval of redress schemes

        1. 1.A redress scheme may be approved for the purposes of...

        2. 2.(1) A scheme may not be approved unless the OFT...

        3. 3.(1) In determining whether a scheme, or any provisions mentioned...

        4. 4.The OFT must not approve a scheme unless it considers...

        5. 5.The OFT must not approve a scheme if it considers...

      2. Applications for approval to the OFT

        1. 6.An application for approval by the OFT of a redress...

        2. 7.Where the OFT is proposing to refuse an application for...

        3. 8.If the OFT decides to refuse an application for approval,...

      3. Notification of changes to an approved scheme

        1. 9.The scheme administrator of a redress scheme which is approved...

      4. Withdrawal of approval by the OFT

        1. 10.The OFT may withdraw approval of a redress scheme which...

        2. 11.Before withdrawing approval of a scheme, the OFT must give...

        3. 12.The OFT must give the scheme administrator a notice stating—...

        4. 13.If the OFT decides to withdraw approval of a scheme—...

      5. Revocation of designation by the Secretary of State

        1. 14.If the Secretary of State decides to revoke his designation...

      6. Defamation proceedings

        1. 15.For the purposes of the law relating to defamation, proceedings...

      7. Interpretation

        1. 16.In this Schedule— “ redress scheme ” has the meaning...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Penalty notices under section 23B(1)

      1. 1.A penalty charge notice given to a person under section...

      2. 2.The penalty charge specified in the notice shall be of...

      3. 3.(1) The period specified under paragraph 1(c) must not be...

      4. 4.The enforcement authority may, if they consider that the penalty...

      5. 5.(1) If, within the period specified under paragraph 1(c) (or...

      6. 6.(1) If after a review the penalty charge notice is...

      7. 7.If the penalty charge notice is withdrawn or quashed, the...

      8. 8.(1) The amount of the penalty charge is recoverable from...

      9. 9.In proceedings for the recovery of the penalty charge, a...

      10. 10.Section 29 (service of notices etc. ) applies in relation...

      11. 11.The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision supplementary...

      12. 12.Any power to make regulations under this Schedule shall be...

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