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ARLA Propertymark members manage almost half of England’s private rented sector

01 July 2020

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Prime Minister promises “Project Speed” will increase home building

01 July 2020

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‘Property number plates’ to be rolled out across public sector

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Concerns expressed to Ministry of Justice on housing possession cases

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Tenant Fees enforcement toolkit rolled out

Friday 27 September 2019

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT), has rolled out an enforcement toolkit to trading standards officers across the UK in order to help crack down on non-compliance.

An estimated 20 per cent of letting agents are still not signed up to a Client Money Protection scheme despite it being made a legal requirement in April.

NTSELAT is working with local authorities and the six approved CMP providers to spot those who have not signed up as well as those not displaying their chosen scheme by providing a step-by-step guide to the legalities and requirements of regulating letting agents.

Trading Standards Officers have the enforcement to impose fines of up to £5,000 for any firm that fails to display this information.

James Munro, Head of NTSELAT, said: “We act as the lead enforcement authority for the Tenant Fees Act.

“The team is working with the approved CMP schemes and local authorities to ensure that agents who are required to belong to a scheme are correctly registered with one of the six approved schemes.

“We have arrangements with local authorities to refer cases for enforcement, and a backstop arrangement where we will take action in cases where a local authority cannot.

“With the support of the schemes, we are also proactively monitoring websites to ensure agents are clearly displaying their membership.”

Client Money Protection

By becoming an ARLA Propertymark member not only will you receive guidance throughout every step of change in the industry and be recognised for your professionalism, but you’ll receive Client Money Protection as part of your membership bundle – as well as many more perks.

If you just require Client Money Protection visit the Money Shield website

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Propertymark resources

ARLA Propertymark members can access a range of resources in order to help them comply with industry changes and obligations under legislative changes.

Resources include:

  • Fact sheets including:
    - Client Money Protection
    - Tenant Fees Act (10 fact sheets)
    - Consumer Rights Act 2015 Displaying Fees
  • Tenant Fees Toolkit including:
    - 10 Practical Tips
    - Tenant Guide
    - Fact Sheets
    - TDS Deposit Cap Solution
    - Government Guidance
    - Case study from Scotland

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