Guidance

Estate agents: appeal against a ban or warning order

How to appeal to an independent tribunal if you are banned from being an estate agent, or receive a warning order.

What you can appeal against

You can appeal to the tribunal if:

  • you are banned from being an estate agent – eg if you’re convicted of fraud
  • you receive a warning order – eg for not meeting your legal duties

Your case will be dealt with by a tribunal in the General Regulatory Chamber.

The tribunal is independent of the government, and will listen to both sides of the argument before it reaches a decision.

Time limits for appealing

You have 28 days to appeal after the regulator sends you its decision.

If you miss the time limit, you can ask for more time to appeal. The tribunal will decide if it can still take your case.

How to appeal

Use the notice of appeal form and guidance notes.

Clearly say why you want to appeal against the decision.

Include any supporting documents, like the regulator’s decision.

Send the form to grc@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk or:

General Regulatory Chamber
HM Courts & Tribunals Service
PO Box 9300
Leicester
LE1 8DJ

Telephone: 0300 123 4504

Tribunal staff can explain how the process works, but they can’t give you legal advice.

What happens next

The tribunal will write to you about the next steps.

Find out more about General Regulatory Chamber hearings and decisions.

Legislation and rules

You have the right to appeal to the tribunal under the Estate Agents Act 1979.

You can read detailed rules on how your appeal will be handled in the General Regulatory Chamber procedure rules.

Previous decisions

Read decisions on previous estate agent appeals.

Published 17 November 2014