Sequence has become the latest firm to join the nationwide SAFEagent campaign aimed at protecting tenants’ and landlords’ money.
All letting agents trading under Sequence, including 11 well-known and established local brands like Barnard Marcus, William H Brown and Fox & Sons, will now carry the easily identifiable SAFEagent mark. This will enable tenants to immediately see that their money is protected, following a raft of high profile media cases where unscrupulous lettings agents have absconded with tenant and landlord funds.
Over 1,200 lettings and management offices are already registered with SAFE, which also has the backing of industry and consumer organizations such as the Residential Landlords Association, Shelter, CAB, British Property Federation, The Property Ombudsman and the Council of Mortgage Lenders. Key suppliers to the sector are also supportive of SAFEagent and HomeLet has led the way in pledging its backing to the campaign.
Stephen Nation, Divisional Managing Director for Sequence Lettings comments:
“We are delighted to endorse SAFEagent which is a simple and straightforward way for consumers to see that a firm is part of a money protection scheme. Consumers should be able to make an informed choice when choosing a letting agent so being part of this scheme, combined with Sequence’s well-established, rigorous internal policies and compliance measures should give our customers complete peace of mind.”
Nick Cooper, Chair of the SAFE Steering Group said:
“It’s great news that Sequence Lettings has signed up to become a registered SAFEagent and is testimony to the fact that professional agents are determined to protect tenants and landlords from ‘uninsured’ letting agents who disappear with clients’ money. We want every tenant and landlord to ‘play safe’ and be aware that they CAN protect their money and ask the right questions up front. We have invited Sequence to join us on the SAFEagent Steering Group** so that they can throw their considerable weight behind our consumer campaign. We would urge all lettings and management agents to stand united and sign up ahead of our consumer launch for what is fast becoming a must-have registration.”
For more information on the SAFEagent campaign, visit www.safeagents.co.uk
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For Sequence Lettings press information, please contact the Sequence press office on 01525 215419 or email Julia Brook, Group PR Manager: Julia.email@example.com or Christine Webb, Group PR Executive: Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org
For SAFEagent press information, please contact Caroline Hole-Jones at The Splash Partnership on 01225 318000 or email: email@example.com
Notes to editor:
Sequence is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Connells Group. Together, Connells and Sequence make up the second largest estate agency network in the country with almost 500 branches. The Sequence national network comprises over 290 branches trading under 11 well-known, local names. As well as residential sales, Sequence offers a mortgage service and has a network of residential letting offices and land and new homes centres. It also offers a nationwide asset management service and is the UK’s largest residential property auctioneer. For more information, visit sequencehome.co.uk
Sequence trades under 11 well-known, local names:
Allen & Harris West, South Wales and Scotland
Bagshaws Residential East Midlands
Barnard Marcus Within the M25
Brown & Merry Home Counties
Fox & Sons South Coast
Jones & Chapman North West
Manners & Harrison North East
Roger Platt Home Counties
Shipways West Midlands
Swetenhams North West
William H Brown Home Counties, East Anglia, East Midlands and Yorkshire
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’ it is supported by Shelter, NUS, Trading Standards Institute, Council of Mortgage Lenders, Residential Landlords Association, The Property Ombudsman and the British Property Federation.
*About Client Money Protection
There are several client money protection schemes in the sector operated by ARLA, NAEA, the Law Society, NALS and RICS to which agents voluntarily belong. The scope of these schemes varies and consumers should contact their agent for full details of the scheme of which they are a part.
**SAFE Steering group comprises:
Nick Cooper, Chair, Northwood
Dorian Gonsalves, Belvoir
Eric Walker, Bushells
Sarah Tonkinson, Foxtons
John Midgley, Touchstone
Hugh Dunsmore-Hardy, Winkworth
Neil Young, Young London
Chris Day, Sequence