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Selling or Giving Away from your Home!

Because I am getting questions about people selling from their homes here in the Ward. I have placed this article back up for public viewing….

Residents have been contacting me recently about the sale of Goods, during this Covid19 Pandemic, from homes in Wednesfield North.

I have sought Local Authority advice, and I hope both ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’, get some help from this information.

Here is the advice City of Wolverhampton have confirmed. “I can confirm that a permit is not required in order give away or sell clothes and general household items from a domestic property.

Prior to yesterday, retailers of non-essential items were required to close but as you may already be aware this restriction has now been lifted, with a few exceptions (e.g., salons and beauty).

However, I would suggest that the resident will still want to be mindful of infection control measures e.g., limiting person to person contact and handling cash.

I would also say that regularly selling from home may mean the resident becomes a ‘trader’ in the eyes of the law, and anyone who buys from them would then have various rights as a consumer, e.g., regarding product descriptions, quality, safety etc. Initial business advice can be accessed here: –

https://www.gov.uk/browse/business/sale-goods-services-data .

Also, if the resident is a tenant they may wish to ensure that their activities do not breach any lease agreements in relation to using the house as a business premises.

I hope that everyone sees this article as being helpful, as it clarifies what is a complex area of trading.

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Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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