NUS and Which back SAFEagent
The SAFEagent initiative launched ‘BY the industry FOR the industry’ promoting a simple mark for the consumer to recognise denoting letting firms that protect both landlords’ and tenants’ money through Client Money Protection (CMP) schemes has gained support from NUS and Which.
NUS is proud to support the SAFEagent scheme. All too often, students can fall prey to letting agents who do not have Client Money Protection, and so can in effect disappear with their (and their landlord’s) money.
We know that the Private Rented Sector is growing, with more and more people relying on the rented accommodation and therefore it’s vital that we have mechanisms in place to make this a safe and professional sector, and ensure that tenants are not left out of pocket.”
Nick Cooper, Chair of the SAFE Steering Group said: “Support from both NUS and Which is a mark or recognition for the ethos behind SAFEagent and a boost to our campaign to raise consumer awareness of the need to make an informed choice when using a lettings and management agents to ensure that clients money is protected. We look forward to working with all of the partners we have engaged with since the SAFEagent initiative was launched at the end of May. With numbers now approaching 1000 sign ups we are well on our way to really making a difference for consumers.
How do you register for the SAFE mark?
The registration is very simple. You can download a form from www.safeagents.co.uk or contact 0845 519 7992 for more information.
Details a firm will need to provide include:
• Name of the Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme the firm is signed up to
• The renewal date for the Scheme
• Confirmation of the industry organisation the firm is part of and annual renewal date
Firms will be asked to meet the Terms and Conditions of the SAFE mark and pay a nominal cost of £50 marketing fee per single office firm (multi-site firms pay an additional £10 per office).
For more information visit www.safeagents.co.uk