CIELA ceases to exist

first_imgThe founder of CIELA – the Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents – has announced it will ‘cease to exist’ as of 31st March 2018, after a short but tumultuous stab at becoming a major property industry body.Founds Charles Wright had raised alarms bells earlier this year by cancelling a meeting of supporters with less than 48 hours notice, before confirming his industry group – aimed at independent estate agents – was calling it a day due to lack of support.CIELA had got off to a shaky start with an aborted launch back in October 2017, despite having good intentions to raise industry standards and help independent agents with compliance. Following an open letter from Wright to the industry, it appears that insufficient support was compounded by some more successful independent agents not wanting CIELA to help ‘weaker agents’, preferring to ‘let them fail’. This was a notion that Wright felt ill at ease with.Wright said the “battle against corporates and online agents is already being won”, suggesting that power now lies with a minority of market leading independent estate agents who do not need the help of a trade association like CIELA.Wright signed off his letter by thanking those who had chosen to support CIELA, adding that the personal touch in estate agency would never be replaced, and word-of-mouth recommendations would always win out over advertising, gimmickry and clever ideas.Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents CIELA trade body closure March 22, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » CIELA ceases to exist previous nextAssociations & BodiesCIELA ceases to existNew trade body failed to gain enough support from independent agents or serious momentum, forcing it to close on 31st March 2018.Sheila Manchester22nd March 201801,061 Viewslast_img read more