The offences run into millions, with Viagogo's rope-a-dope misdescriptions
and omissions in information combining with stunts to create a false idea that the ticket supply is about to dry up.
Check the estate agent's written particulars, since these are governed by The Property Misdescriptions
Act 1991, which in certain circumstances creates an offence for making false or misleading statements.
"I thought the days of misdescriptions
in holiday brochures were in the past."
Legislation has i cluded the Property Misdescriptions
Act 1991, the Consumer Protection For Unfair Trading Regulations, Energy Performance Certificates as well as money laundering acts.
Since 1991, a key element of the legislation governing the workings of the property market has been the Property Misdescriptions
If you do not, could you be prosecuted under the Property Misdescriptions
The Office of Fair Trading announced in October that there will be a repeal of the Property Misdescriptions
Act as the Consumer Protection Regulations aim to develop and extend an estate agent's duty of care to consumers as well as selling clients.
Housing commentator Henry Pryor says: "While encouraging the public to embrace new internet-based business models, the OFT has missed the opportunity to clarify the 1979 Estate Agents Act and to include online services and so called 'For-Sale-by-Owner' businesses that are not bound by regulations such as The Property Misdescriptions
To make properties sound more attractive, we'd use flowery language and exaggerate room sizes (these were the days before the Property Misdescriptions
Private details are not subject to the Property Misdescriptions
Act but must be accurate.
Their lawyer said legally it was too late to do anything about the false claim but the couple complained to trading standards, who charged Goodfellow under the Property Misdescriptions