Estate agent licence lending

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It is an offence for an estate agent to allow or help a non-licence holder to use their licence to act as an estate agent.

Examples of licence lending include a principal agent or officer in effective control allowing:

  • an agent’s representative to manage a principal office or to control and supervise an estate agency business
  • a receptionist, who is not an agent’s representative, to negotiate the sale or lease of a property.

An agent found guilty of licence lending may have their licence cancelled and be disqualified either temporarily or permanently from holding a licence, along with other penalties. For more information, view our Penalties page.

It is also an offence for an unauthorised person to use an agent’s licence or for anyone else to help them to do so.

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