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News - 27 April 2003

New Sale of Goods Directives - Myths & Legends

The Business Forum hosted a presentation for retailers from Brighton & Hove City Council's Trading Standards Department on 24th May in an attempt to clarify the new directives, which came into effect on 31st March.

The growing myth of a "six year return period" was dispelled but the officers confirmed that the burden of proof when faulty goods are returned within six months of purchase now rests with the retailer not the consumer. Faults that appear within this six month window will be deemed to have been present at the time of sale. For more details of the changes in the Sale of Goods directives visit the Trading Standards website on www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/tradingstandards


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