Over 600 agents have reportedly signed up to the Say No To Rightmove campaign, which was launched after Rightmove’s unsuccessful offer of a deferred payment plan for agents affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Hunters, Fine and Country and Henleys have all signed up to the campaign. Last week Rightmove’s deferred payment scheme was met with criticism from the industry after it offered independent estate and letting agents the option to sign up to a deferred payment scheme for their existing membership package.
Due to the criticism, it made the decision to instead offer a 75% discount on all invoices which will come into effect from April, and will be in place for the next four months, superseding its original offer.
Rob Sargent, CEO of The Acorn Group, who is one of those behind the campaign, has welcomed the change in Rightmove’s stance but has called for them to go even further.
While the website makes clear it was set up in opposition to the first offer, it has urged Rightmove to give agents a choice between the 75% discount over four months that it has now offered, and a complete payment holiday for three months.
The Say No To Rightmove campaign states on its website: “We are a group of extremely concerned estate agents, who are saying no to the tone-deaf offer of deferred payment options from Rightmove.
“We want to see Rightmove set a tariff free period for their members during this Covid19 crisis, allowing agents to focus on adjusting their cashflow and methods of operation which in turn, ironically, services the long term prospects and interests of Rightmove itself.”