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Darshan Sunger

November 2017

At long last it is music to our ears as we are on the path to becoming a regulated industry next year. The days of anybody and anyone opening a letting agency is soon to be outlawed.

Interestingly enough, when I was invited to re-apply for the rep’s position earlier this year, my wish list that I shared with ARLA Propertymark President Sally Lawson and Chief Executive David Cox was for letting agents to be regulated within the next five years.

Many of our members choose to go down the route of self-regulation and provide a safety net with CMP cover, at the same time investing with ongoing CPD.

So why should we be undercut by fly-by-nights that open up without any intention of building long-term relationships with landlords?

ARLA Propertymark members provide a safe platform for both landlords and tenants; the trust element between both parties needs to be reinforced and regulation provides exactly that bond.

Members in my region, like many across the country, have expressed serious concerns surrounding the uncertainty over the outright banning of fees. As a direct result, many have indicated reviewing staffing levels to absorb the impact of the loss of potential revenue, despite the fact that tenants will, in the long run, pay higher rents.

In the other corner, professional landlords are being cautious with ploughing more money into the PRS, and are still in limbo awaiting the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

Darshan Sunger MARLA MNAEA
ARLA Propertymark Regional Representative
darshansunger@arla-reps.co.uk