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Can I sell my house privately now I'm out of contract with Agent?

Our contract came to an end recently, but we still want to sell and are thinking of either advertising privately of going with another agent. Do we still have to pay the old agents fees if we sell, as it states in their contract that if we do sell and if the purchaser was originally introduced by them they get their commission which is fair enough. But, if we get someone fresh, is there a time limit when no fees should be paid?

Asked on May 28 2012, Selling in Norwich | Report content

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  • I agree, provided that the estate agent did not introduce the buyer, there should not be any commission due. I am sure there probably is a time limit in law whereby no commission is due as a consequence of time but you would need to speak to a lawyer on that one.

    Answered on May 30 2012, Report content
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    Answered on Feb 4 2014, Report content
  • Most contracts have a tie in for a number of months and if you sell to someone introduced by that agent within the set timescale then a fee is payable. If you sell to someone else not introduced by the agent, or to anyone after the tie in period, then no fee is payable. Watch out for the detail however. An introduction may include someone who saw the agents For Sale board or on-line adverts who then approached you later after the contract with the agent has finished. In this case the law would state that the agent, by dint of his work, made the introduction and so they would be entitled to charge you. This has been a major bone of contention between agents and vendors for years.

    Answered on Apr 23 2015, Report content

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