| Commentary

30 Payment of commission

| Commentary

30 Payment of commission

There are many cases concerning the payment of commission to estate agents1. These primarily deal with the issue as to whether the specified event on which commission depends has occurred and the separate issue as to whether the estate agent has been the effective cause of the event occurring2. Although there are no special principles of construction applicable to commission contracts with estate agents3, clear and unequivocal words are required to entitle an agent to commission, if no sale is agreed4. If the agent is instructed to find a buyer, commission is not earned unless a

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