CFP SOFTWARE puts “SAFE”ty first

CFP SOFTWARE PUTS ‘SAFE’TY FIRST

CFP Software, the UK’s largest supplier of property management software, has offered its support to a new Government-recognised mark to help consumers identify where they should place their business and be protected – SAFEagent (Secure Agent Fully Endorsed).

The SAFEagent campaign helps to protect landlords’ and tenants’ money by allowing them to identify which letting and management agents are covered by client money protection schemes – therefore keeping their business and money safe. Agents, using CFP’s software, who sign up to display the SAFEagent logo, will hold clients’ money in completely separate client account from the operating funds of the firm.

It is fast becoming recognised as the mark to look for to take the risk out of the rental sector. It has already been recognised by the Government and key industry organisations such as Shelter, NUS, Trading Standards Institute, Council of Mortgage Lenders, Residential Landlords Association, The Property Ombudsman and the British Property Federation.

Mark Goddard, Managing Director of CFP, commented: “We’re delighted to throw our support behind this campaign and will be looking to raise awareness among our clients that the SAFEagent mark is an essential requirement for all professional lettings and management agents. The mark represents integrity and protection for landlords’ and tenants’ money and we are thrilled to be in the vanguard that will rid the sector of unscrupulous agents.

“This, along with our recent accreditation renewal from the ICAEW, should give all our clients extreme confidence in our software products and the services we provide.”

CFPwinMan is the most widely used lettings and property management software package across the UK and is already installed in over 3,000 businesses, with tens of thousands of users. CFPwinMan is also the the first, and currently remains the only, property management software to be accredited by the ICAEW.

SAFEagent has been set up ‘by the agents for agents’ and a group of well-known firms in the sector are behind the initiative. In the wake of a series of high profile media cases, where lettings agents have absconded with client funds, the SAFEagent mark offers peace of mind to landlords and tenants.

SAFEagent has reported a massive uptake with over 1,200 agents immediately subscribing since the launch a month ago.

Nick Cooper, MD Northwood and Chair of the SAFEagent Steering Group, commented; “Consumers want and deserve protection, and SAFEagent does just that. We’re thrilled that CFP is willing to support the campaign, marking a key step towards ensuring that in the future the SAFEagent mark will be the mark of choice when dealing with a lettings and management agent.”

To find out more, please visit www.safeagents.co.uk
For more information on CFP, visit http://www.cfp-software.co.uk/

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Notes to Editors

About SAFEagent
SAFEagent – Safe Agent Fully Endorsed – is a reliable mark denoting firms that protect landlords and tenants money through Client Money Protection schemes. Set up ‘by the industry, for the industry’ and recognised by the Government, it is supported by Shelter, NUS, Trading Standards Institute, Council of Mortgage Lenders, Residential Landlords Association, The Property Ombudsman Scheme and the British Property Federation.

The SAFEagent steering group comprises:
Northwood; Belvoir; Bushells; Foxtons; Touchstone; Winkworth; Young London.

How to register for SAFEagent
Registration is very simple. Simply 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. The SAFE mark will be available for use by all agents in CMP schemes. It will be free for agents to register and a nominal charge of £50 for a single office firm for marketing material**. Multi-site firms will pay an additional £10 per office.

** The SAFE marketing pack will include a certificate, window stickers, window cards, template press release, leaflets and other marketing material.

SAFEagent Press Information:
Please Caroline Hole-Jones at The Splash Partnership: 01225 318000.
caroline.hole-jones@tsplashp.com

About GMG Property Services

 CFP, along with sister companies, Vebra and Core, is part of GMG Property Services – a division within Guardian Media Group.

 Guardian Media Group plc (‘GMG’) is one of the UK’s leading multimedia companies. Its diverse portfolio includes:
– Guardian News & Media: the Guardian and Observer newspapers and the Guardian Unlimited network of websites.
– GMG Radio: 13 regional radio stations under the Real Radio, Smooth Radio, Century FM and Rock Radio brands.
– Trader Media Group: one of Europe’s largest specialist print and online media companies, and publisher of the Auto Trader magazine and website.
– Trader Media Group is jointly owned by GMG and Apax Partners, with GMG as the majority shareholder.
– GMG Property Services Group: Vebra, Core and CFP, the UK’s leading providers of software to estate, lettings and Property Management Agents, and The Media Design House providing web solutions to the property industry.

 GMG is wholly owned by the Scott Trust, which was created in 1936 to secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity.

GMG Property Services Press Information:

For further information contact Julie Allen, PR and Communications Executive at GMG Property Services on 01582 438850 or email julie.allen@gmgpsg.com or visit http://www.gmgpsg.com/

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