Residential estate agency in the UK

As well as being involved in the acquisition and disposal of property, estate agents have diversified to offer a range of services such as lettings and property management.

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Whilst estate agents are a familiar face on the high street, many  firms now operate as online businesses using property portals and social media to market their services.

How can we help you?

Whether you are looking to purchase, sell, rent or have someone manage a property, we can put you in touch with RICS members who specialise in a relevant area of residential estate agency.

Our members are regulated, adhere to our Rules of Conduct and have complaints handling procedures in place.

Our UK Residential Property Standards Blue Book is widely recognised within the estate agency profession as the industry standard. It sets out mandatory requirements and recommended best practice for residential agency, lettings and property management.

Our Real Estate Agency and Brokerage Guidance 2nd ed and Real Estate Management  2 ed which consist of  mandatory practice statements in Part 1 and guidance in Part 2, apply to selling, buying, letting, renting and management whether it is commercial, residential or rural real estate.

Our Service Charges Residential Management Code sets out best practice for the management of residential property where a service charge is payable.

Our Private Rented Sector Code 1st ed (revised July 2015) sets out best practice in the letting and management of private rented sector housing in England.:

Since the closure of Office of Fair Trade (OFT) in April 2014, Powys County Council took on responsibiility for the enforcement of National Estate Agency Standards. Since 2008 estate agents have been required to join an approved redress scheme

Further information

Section 1 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 explains what estate agency work involves.

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