P-05-744 Stop Gazumping: Follow Scotland's Buying Process


This petition was submitted by Victoria Bridle, having collected 18 signatures.


Text of the Petition


We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to review the way we buy and sell houses and to assess whether it would be possible to implement a system like Scotland’s to stop gazumping.


Additional Information

My name is Victoria Bridle.  My husband and I used to live in South East London and moved to North Wales about three and a half years ago. Just a few weeks ago we put in an offer on a house that we fell in love with, which was accepted so the House was Sold Subject To Contract. Our estate agent had told us that they told the other agent to take it off the market so it was no longer available for viewings or acceptances.  Everything was going really well until we got told by our Estate Agent that the other agent had a phone call saying someone else put an offer in and that got accepted. So all we paid out was the Solicitors fees.

We setup this Petition to try and stop this from happening as we had everything including a Mortgage offer in place.

To top it off we even saw the Sellers on the Saturday with our 18 month old to have a final look around for fixtures and fittings.  The sellers even told us what they wanted to leave for us and we shook on it too. When telling other people they had thought that Gazumping was illegal, clearly not.

To top it off I went in to this other agent the other day to ask if they had anything else on sale. They even tried giving to me the very house we got Gazumped on. So they are clearly trying to Gazump these people which is clearly wrong. Please sign this petition and pass it on to family and friends to sign to try and stop this from happening.


Keys in a door and a row of houses.



This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 07/03/2017.


The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to close the petition as a result of the additional clarity about the reservation of powers in this area to the UK Parliament provided by the Wales Act 2017; and write to the petitioner to suggest that they consider submitting a petition of the UK Parliament and writing to the UK Government Department for Communities and Local Government on the issue. 


Full details of the consideration of this petition by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.


Assembly Constituency and Region.

  • Clwyd West
  • North Wales


Further information

Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 02/03/2017