473. Unfair trading.

Unfair commercial practices, such as the making of false statements or misleading omissions in a contract, are prohibited, and are criminal offences, under the consumer protection legislation1. The legislation applies where the seller is acting in the course of a business (for example, where a buyer purchases a property from a developer), but does not apply to a residential purchase contract made between private individuals.

A 'false statement', such as a misrepresentation about the quality of the property, can be reported to the local enforcement authority with a request for it to pursue a prosecution. The prosecution does not afford