OnTheMarket have donned the boxing gloves

The property portal fight is on.


Rook Matthew Sayer have breached OnTheMarket ‘one other portal’ rule, and yesterday its listings could be seen only on Zoopla and Rightmove. The 17-office firm in the north-east was acquired by Connells Group in March.


OnTheMarket have stated “Following its acquisition by Connells Group, the firm of RMS Ltd trading as Rook Matthews Sayer has chosen to breach its contract with Agents’ Mutual Ltd.

“The listings of Rook Matthews Sayer have today been removed from OnTheMarket.

“A related claim by Agents’ Mutual against another Connells Group subsidiary, Gascoigne Halman, is the subject of litigation at the High Court and the Competition Appeals Tribunal.

“Agents’ Mutual has reserved its position in relation to Rook Matthews Sayer pending the outcome of those proceedings.”

The trial of the ‘one other portal’ competition issue has been set for next February, as we reported yesterday. 

I get the feeling that Rightmove and Zoopla have ordered in some popcorn and will be enjoying this slanging match.

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