What is an apparent agent?
An apparent agent is someone who appears to be acting for another. The issue really comes down to liability. Is the agent alone liable for what he or she has done, or is there someone else … is there a principal that you can look to?
Now, whether apparent agency exists all depends on the representations and the conduct of the principal, not the agent, but the principal. If the principal leads someone to believe that that person or entity is the agent, then that principal can be found accountable as well.