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Gentiles Doing Biyur Chametz?! What's The Point!! - An Answer

There is a famous discussion in the Acharonim as to whether the mitzva of Hashbasas Chametz is to actively rid oneself of one's chametz or perhaps the mitzva is not having chametz in one's possession - but according to the latter approach there is no mitzva to actively rid oneself of chametz [thus if one has no chametz in one's possession there is no mitzva to purchase some for the express purpose of destroying it].

If we accept the latter approach then there is no problem to tell a Gentile to do the job, even in the absence of the law of agency. Shlichus is needed in order to perform a positve act. But here the mitzva is fulfilled by not having chametz - regardless of how it is done.

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