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October 1, 2017 Industry News

Letting Agents to be regulated announces Communities Secretary – About time we think!

Mandatory membership of a professional body and minimum standards for letting agents has been announced by Sajid David at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.

You may have been under the illusion that letting agent should always have been regulated – this is not the case. Decent letting agents will have been registered voluntarily with one of the schemes already – but there are a vast number out there that still are not.

Fear not Daisy Lets & Sales have been Members of UKALA for years, meaning we have Client Money Protection insurance in place and we are members of the Property Ombudsman – all agents have to be members of a redress scheme now too.

Also announced was the introduction of the requirement for all landlords to also belong to a national redress scheme. Meaning tenants will be able to complain to someone now about their private landlord and poorly managed properties and their grievances will be judged. What wasn’t mentioned is how they plan to still catch the landlords that deliberately won’t join the scheme and still stay under the radar. This should be where efforts are concentrated – as most good landlords will comply and be kept informed of the need to do so by belonging to a Landlords Association such as the RLA or NLA – but there will still be the ones out there that ignore everything and operate as “Rogues”.

David Cox, CEO of ARLA Propertymark says:

“After 20 years of our campaigning falling on deaf ears, we’re very pleased the Government has taken the decision to regulate the private rented sector,”.

“This will be the single greatest step forward in a generation, in terms of consumer protection for private tenants, and will do more to clean up the image of the industry than the hundreds of smaller laws and pieces of legislation introduced over the last 20 years.

“However, regulation can take different forms and we need to see the detail of proposal to be confident that it will be effective for tenants and landlords.”

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