The National Association of Estate Agents has encouraged more agents to join up and adopt its strict codes at this years' national conference.
It is also launching a national advertising campaign to encourage members of the public to use only NAEA-accredited estate agents.
Speaking at the conference, Michael Portillo MP acknowledged the negative imagesof businesses such as estate agency that many people have. In relation to the OFT enquiry he emphasised the similar problem faced by MPs.
He highlighted the need for the, “constant evolution of higher standards” and urged the NAEA and other professional bodies to, “get as far ahead as they can in the process of self-regulation,” to promote the good of business.
He says: “Make no mistake about it, any activity which is bad will impact upon all of you in terms of reputation, and ultimately the regulatory regime you live under.”
The conference, which was held at London's Savoy Hotel, featured a range of industry experts commenting on various current issues affecting the profession. It culminated in an awards dinner hosted by Clive Anderson, which rewarded exceptional young estate agents throughout the UK.