Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you.
What is it you want to achieve please?
yOrganisations are bound by money laundering regulations including estate agents.
This means they need to be satisfied as to the source of the money and that you are not here in the uk illegally.
Any data must be held secure. But if you are asking whether it is normal for them to ask for id documents, yes it is.
But they can not disclose them to anyone else (except for police etc) without your consent.
Can I clairfy anything for you about this otsay please?
They are bound, yes.
If they are registered with the ICO then they must be satisfied proper procedures and security is in place.
They are required to have copy id, i know my agents did as well when I purchased.
If anything happens you can sue for breach.
Does that clarify?
Yes under Money Laundering Regulations. However if your Solicitor is going to be carrying out the same checks then you do not.
Yes you can demand the agent carries on.
If not, get an injunction to make them and teach these appalling people a lesson.