| Commentary

20 Authority of an estate agent

| Commentary

20 Authority of an estate agent

The normal contract made between an owner of property and an estate agent instructed in respect of that property contains a promise by the owner to pay a sum of money to the agent upon the happening of a specified event1 through the instrumentality of the agent2. The estate agent is an agent in a limited sense only3. The estate agent has authority to describe the property and make statements as to its value so as to bind his principal4, but the agent has no implied authority

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