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Approached by a rival agent to switch, current agent says this is illegal/unethical?

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  • Approached by a rival agent to switch, current agent says this is illegal/unethical?

    I've been trying to sell for around 6 months but I'm not getting much interest, and my current agent isn't doing a particularly good job (missed viewing appointment, slow to respond to me, isn't updating marketing). So last month I was approached by a different agent who said he could offer me a better service and at substantially less commission. As you'd expect I was very happy to switch. I'm not under sole selling rights or anything like that, so contractually I'm free to leave.

    However my current agent is kicking up a fuss and claiming that it's illegal/unethical for the rival agent to have approached me in the first place and to try to steal his business. I didn't solicit the rival agent, he approached me out of the blue because he'd seen my house had been on Rightmove/Zoopla for months without selling.

    Could anyone offer advice on whether this rival agent did anything wrong? My current agent is threatening to get trading standards and/or TPO involved. So, simple question really, are estate agents allowed to take business off of one another in this way? Is it legal? Is it against TPO guidelines? I've had a brief look at the guidelines but I'm not a qualified estate agents so I just want to be sure. It's very possible my current agent is bluffing. Thank you in advance, this whole situation is quite stressful.

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    So what about the payment for the agent? Are there any alternative ways? For instance, with the help of cryptocurrency I earnt earlier with https://3commas.io/blog/cryptohopper-vs-3commas-review ? Or may be parts. As BTC became the most popular way for the payments for me during the last months. So I try to earn good and pay in crypto for everything. Where it is available.