Purplebricks is said to be at the centre of a continuing probe by authorities in Australia.
An unnamed former agent with Purplebricks has told The Australian Financial Review that he was grilled for 90 minutes by Western Australia’s state consumer regulator over “suspected contraventions”.
The publication has claimed that there is a joint investigation into the “British disruptor after it was slapped with a $20,000 fine by the Queensland Office of Fair Trading in March”.
According to the agent who says he was interviewed by investigators as part of the alleged review: “They had copies of all of the agreements with many specifically highlighted paragraphs.”
He said the question of deferred payment was the hottest issue, according to the publication.
He also claimed that “it would seem entirely possible that anyone who has used Purplebricks, whether they sold or not, could actually be entitled to a refund”.
A spokesperson for Purplebricks Australia said it had fully engaged with regulators and would continue to do so.
The Australian Financial Review also says it understands that Purplebricks Australia is reviewing its business model, with co-founder Kenny Bruce taking a leading role.