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Get set for SAFEagent Awareness Week 2015!

This year’s “SAFEagent Awareness Week” will be from 1 to 5 June 2015 so be sure to note this date in your diary.

SAFEagent has planned a full week of activity to promote to consumers that they should only use SAFEagents who are part of Client Money Protection Schemes, and this will be supported across the U.K. by the SAFEagent community and all in the property sector who care about consumer protection.

The timing is auspicious because, from 27 May 2015 under the Consumer Rights Act, it will become a requirement for all agents to display details of fees and charges in their offices as well as stating whether or not they are part of a Client Money Protection Scheme and of which redress scheme they are a member.

SAFEagent Awareness Week will present an excellent opportunity to really focus consumers on what they should be looking for by way of financial protection from agents and what they should expect to see if they visit an agent’s office or website.

Please join us in supporting SAFEagent Awareness Week 2015 from June the 1st to 5th.  We will be using hashtag #SAAWeek2015 on twitter.

Keep an eye out for further details nearer to the time.

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 Citizens Advice Bureaux, Shelter, Crisis, The Property Ombudsman, Ombudsman Services:Property, National Union of Students, My Deposits, TDS and DPS.

All agents registered with SAFEagent are part of a Client Money Protection Scheme which reimburses consumers in the event of misappropriation of clients’ funds. There are several schemes in the sector operated by NALS, ARLA, NAEA 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.

The SAFEagent Steering Group comprises:

Northwood; Belvoir; Bushells; Foxtons; Touchstone; Winkworth; Hunters, Spicerhaart, Sequence, Countrywide, and Leaders.

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