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1. Yes, you do have a case against the auctioneers for false representing that the property was for sale when it wasn't. Essentially, you can sue them for misrepresentation and breach of contract. Additionally, if the owner of the property gave the house to the auctioneer when it wasn't for sale, then you would have a case against the actual owner as well. However, if the situation is that the auctioneer held out that a property was for sale when it wasn't then you can sue the auctioneer. So, you should get yourself a solicitor and sue the auctioneer for the time lost and money wasted in seeking to purchase this property. You should also get our booking fee back. If the auctioneer was in breach in any other way, such as holding other monies, then you should sue for their return as well.
2. Essentially, it is a breach of an auctioneer's duty to hold out that a property is for sale when it isn't.
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