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1 Estate agency work. U.K.

(1)This Act applies, subject to subsections (2) to (4) below to things done by any person in the course of a business (including a business in which he is employed) pursuant to instructions received from another person (in this section referred to as “the client”) who wishes to dispose of or acquire an interest in land—

(a)for the purpose of, or with a view to, effecting the introduction to the client of a third person who wishes to acquire or, as the case may be, dispose of such an interest; and

(b)after such an introduction has been effected in the course of that business, for the purpose of securing the disposal or, as the case may be, the acquisition of that interest;

and in this Act the expression “estate agency work” refers to things done as mentioned above to which this Act applies.

(2)This Act does not apply to things done—

(a)F1in the course of his profession by a practising solicitor or a person employed by him [F2or by an incorporated practice (within the meaning of the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980) or a person employed by it]; or

(b)in the course of credit brokerage, within the meaning of the M1Consumer Credit Act 1974; or

F3(c). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(d)in the course of carrying out any survey or valuation pursuant to a contract which is distinct from that under which other things falling within subsection (1) above are done; or

(e)in connection with applications and other matters arising under [F4the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990] or [F5the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997, the Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland) Act 1997] or the M2[F6Planning (Northern Ireland) [F7Order 1991]] [F6Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011] .

(3)This Act does not apply to things done by any person—

(a)pursuant to instructions received by him in the course of his employment in relation to an interest in land if his employer is the person who, on his own behalf, wishes to dispose of or acquire that interest; or

(b)in relation to any interest in any property if the property is subject to a mortgage and he is the receiver of the income of it; or

(c)in relation to a present, prospective or former employee of his or of any person by whom he also is employed if the things are done by reason of the employment (whether past, present or future).

[F8(4)This Act does not apply to the following things when done by a person who does no other things which fall within subsection (1) above—

(a)publishing advertisements or disseminating information;

(b)providing a means by which—

(i)a person who wishes to acquire or dispose of an interest in land can, in response to such an advertisement or dissemination of information, make direct contact with a person who wishes to dispose of or, as the case may be, acquire an interest in land;

(ii)the persons mentioned in sub-paragraph (i) can continue to communicate directly with each other.]

(5)In this section—

(a)practising solicitor” means, except in Scotland, a solicitor who is qualified to act as such under section 1 of the M3Solicitors Act 1974 or Article 4 of the M4Solicitors (Northern Ireland) Order 1976, and in Scotland includes a firm of practising solicitors;

(b)mortgage” includes a debenture and any other charge on property for securing money or money’s worth; and

(c)any reference to employment is a reference to employment under a contract of employment.

Textual Amendments

F1S. 1(2)(a) amendment to earlier affecting provision SI 2000/1119 Sch. 4 para. 17 (E.W.)

F3S. 1(2)(c) omitted (30.4.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/1283, art. 3(1)

F5Words in s. 1(2)(e) substituted (27.5.1997) by 1997 c. 11, ss. 4, 6(2), Sch. 2 para. 28 (with s. 5, Sch. 3)

F6Words in s. 1(2)(e) substituted (N.I.) (13.2.2015 for specified purposes, 1.4.2015 in so far as not already in force) by Planning Act (Northern-Ireland) 2011 (c. 25), s. 254(1)(2), Sch. 6 para. 21 (with s. 211); S.R. 2015/49, arts. 2, 3, Sch. 1 (with Sch. 2)

F7Words in s. 1(2)(e) substituted (N.I.)(21.8.1991) by S.I. 1991/1220, art. 133(1), Sch.5.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C3S. 1(2)(a) amended (E.W.)(1.2.1992) by S.I. 1991/2684, arts. 4, 5, Sch.2

s. 1(2)(a) modified (22.5.2000) by S.S.I. 2000/121, regs. 1, 37(2), Sch. 2 Pt. II para. 2

s. 1(2)(a) modified (22.5.2000) by S.I. 2000/1119, regs. 1, 37(3), Sch. 4 para. 17 (as amended (1.7.2009) by S.I. 2009/1587, arts. 1(1)(c), 3(13))

C4S. 1(5)(a) amended (E.W.)(1.2.1992) by S.I. 1991/2684, arts. 4, 5, Sch. 2%

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