151 Criminal liability under the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991

151 Criminal liability under the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991

The Property Misdescriptions Act 1991 was brought into force because the Trade Descriptions Act 19681 did not cover sales of interests in land and therefore it was felt necessary to provide separate protection for consumers in this area.

Under the terms of the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991, it is an offence to make false2 or misleading statements3 about any of the prescribed property-related matters4 in the course of an estate agency or property development business5, otherwise than in providing conveyancing services6.

The Property Misdescriptions Act 1991 is enforced by local trading standards officers