From 1 October 2013 the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991 is to be repealed by the The Property Misdescriptions Act 1991 (Repeal) Order 2013 from 1 October 2013.
Since the introduction of the 1991 Act, The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 have been implemented in the United Kingdom. They provide the same protection for consumers as the 1991 Act but in a broader and more modern framework. The 1991 Act has therefore become unnecessary.
The Office of Fair Trading provides guidance on the Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
From 2 April 2013, under changes to the consumer protection regime, there will be a greater role for the local authority Trading Standards Services in the enforcement of consumer protection law at national level. The OFT will retain all of its current consumer enforcement powers but will tend to use them where breaches of consumer protection law point to systemic failures in a market. This means cases will more often be taken against a number of firms in a market, rather than cases against individual firms, unless changing the behaviour of one firm would set a precedent or have other market-wide implications.
The OFT will also retain the lead role for the enforcement of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 although the Trading Standards Services will have equal enforcement powers.