Consumer Rights Act: T minus 3 days—how does it apply to goods?

Consumer Rights Act: T minus 3 days—how does it apply to goods?

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 comes into force on 1 October. It represents the biggest change to consumer law since 6 December 1979 when Pink Floyd was at number 1, Margaret Thatcher was PM, e-mail entered the dictionary for the first time and, most importantly, the Sale of Goods Act 1979 became law.

This means, as far as consumers are concerned, the Sale of Goods Act will no longer apply to them from the first of next month (apart from the odd technical section that will still apply to all contracts, such as when ownership of goods transfers).

As the government states:

the law will be clearer and easier to understand, meaning that consumers can buy and businesses can sell to them with confidence


Whilst the law is written in a less fusty style, don't be fooled into thinking that consumer law can now be found all in one convenient place. The law does consolidate much of the law relating to consumers, but by no means all of it.

It is, I'd venture, a very British fudge but one which, on balance,

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