OnTheMarket has declined to comment on claims that an agent has been given a month’s notice to leave the portal.
James Pendleton, with nine branches in London, had been given a free trial.
But chief executive Lee Pendleton told trade publication The Negotiator that it was unlikely his firm would pay to list on the portal when the trial ended, although meanwhile it was happy to benefit from trying out its service for free.
Pendleton later told the publication that the day after his comments appeared, he received an email saying that after a month his firm will be removed from OTM.
Pendleton described the move as a “bit vindictive” and said that his observation had been candid. He said he had been on the verge of signing up to another free year with the portal.
OTM told us: “We cannot comment on individual contractual matters.”