National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team
The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team protects consumers and businesses by enforcing the Estate Agents Act (1979) and the Tenant Fees Act 2019.
Funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; letting agency regulation (covering England) is led by Bristol City Council and estate agency enforcement (across the UK) is operated from Powys County Council. The team work closely with local authorities who have local enforcement responsibilities.
The team is primarily responsible for the regulation of estate agency work in the UK and letting agency work in England, specifically:
- overseeing the operation of relevant estate and letting agency legislation
- issuing prohibition and formal warning orders to those found unfit to engage in estate agency work in the UK
- approving & overseeing the UK’s consumer redress schemes, Ombudsmen, and Alternative Dispute Resolution entities in the estate agency sector
- issuing guidance and advice for the public, businesses and enforcement authorities on estate agency work in the UK and relevant letting agency work in England.
More information on the National Trading Standards Estate and Lettings Agency Team, including advice for estate agents and consumers, is available here www.ntselat.uk
National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team Press Releases
Estate agents urged to provide feedback on referral fees guidance
7th February 2020
BBC Radio 4 report on ‘Quick Sale Agents’
25th January 2020
Redress scheme warning for Estate and Letting Agents
24th July 2019
New team to help ensure estate and letting agents act within the law
17th April 2019
National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team launches new industry guidance on referral fees
28th February 2019
The National Trading Standards Work Areas
National Trading Standards has teams overseeing a range of issues, from copycat websites to doorstep crime.