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ARLA demands an end to unregulated Letting agents - January 2009

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ARLA PRESS RELEASE: ARLA Response to TDS and Unregulated Agents January 2009

Lettings agents should be required to take a professional qualification before they are allowed to set up shop in the High Street, according to the Association of Residential Lettings Agents.(ARLA)

Ian Potter, Operations Manager of the ARLA, said that the time had come to raise awareness about unregulated lettings agents – many of whom have had no formal training and may be completely unqualified. They are also immune from any form of disciplinary action for misconduct

He said: “The fact that at the moment anybody can work as a lettings agent is ludicrous and, more to the point, dangerous as it may create great risks for consumers in the current climate.

“We need to ensure the standards of the lettings profession are upheld without exception – this means compulsory training and qualifications for anyone wishing to let a property on behalf of another, as well as Client Money Protection, Professional Indemnity Insurance, and audited client bank accounts. Many agents hold client’s funds mixed in with their own business funds and this offers no protection if the agents business fails.

The announcement comes as the Tenancy Deposit Protection Service declared that it would no longer guarantee the deposits of unregulated lettings agents.

Ian continued: “It’s high time the Government got off the fence and demanded regulation for the rental market and the compulsory licensing of agents. Setting professional standards for the industry is the first step to eliminating the cowboys.” ARLA plans to introduce its own licensing scheme for letting agents later this year, which its members will be obliged to join. .

ARLA is the Lettings and Residential Management Division of the Federation of Property Professionals.

Source ARLA

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Tenancy Deposit Protection Withdrawn From Unregulated Letting Agents

At the insistence of their insurers, The Tenancy Deposit Scheme will only provide deposit protection and alternative dispute resolution to letting agents who are members of recognised professional bodies. From April 6, only regulated letting agents and corporate and individual landlords will be covered by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and cover will be withdrawn from unregulated agents. Tenants are advised to ensure their landlords have made alternative arrangements to safeguard deposits as soon as possible.

The Scheme advises landlords and tenants to be certain that their lettings agents are members of either the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), The National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS), the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); or that deposits are protected under one of the other government authorised deposit protection schemes: Tenancy Deposit Solutions (trading as mydeposits.com) or The Deposit Protection Service.

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme is writing to all current tenants whose tenancy is shown to have been arranged through an unregulated agent to advise them of the change in protection that can be offered and the course of action to take to ensure protection as the law requires. The agents concerned should advise their tenants and landlords of what they intend to do on their behalf. The Tenancy Deposit Scheme regrets the action it has been forced to take, but points out that it is due to circumstances that are well beyond its control January 2009

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