Regular readers will know that there is a special type of law, agency law, which applies when one person (an agent) makes a contract with a third party on behalf of another person (their principal).
There are many different types of agent – shipping agents, actors agents, literary agents and of course letting agents. The law of agency applies to them all.
If you are a letting agent or if you use a letting agent, this branch of law will apply to you. In which case it would be a good idea to know something about it.
For example did you know:
- That in some circumstances an agent can make a valid contract with a third party even against his principals express instructions
- That if an agent breaches his ‘fiduciary duty’ this will allow his principal to end the agency agreement immediately
- That in some circumstances the agent can still create a valid contract with a third party even after his agency agreement has been ended?
To help inform landlords and letting agents, I have created a new online course which looks at all these issues. It runs for six weeks starting on 3 February and looks not only at agency law but also at the law of contract and the law of trusts which underlie it.
Its a proper law course with references to statues and case law. However I have tried to make it interesting, with a few You Tube videos, pictures and extensive clips from Simon Parrott’s agency law talk at the 2013 Landlord Law Conference.
When you have done it you should have a deeper understanding about how this area of law works and how it applies to you.
If you need to get CPD you can claim up to six hours (with certificates) via the online tests.
The course runs for six weeks but you then continue to have access to the course material for six months – so plenty of time to catch up! There is also an online discussion forum where you can ask questions.
To find out more and book your place >> click here. Bookings close on 3 February when the course starts.