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Save the date! SAFEagent Awareness Week 2016

SAFEagent are pleased to announce the dates for SAFEagent Awareness Week 2016 which is set to take place from 6th to 10th of June, and coincides with the 5th anniversary of the consumer protection campaign.

SAFEagent Awareness Week is an annual community-generated media event where SAFEagents and industry stake-holders across the country unite to highlight the importance of client money protection and encourage consumers to only use those agents who can give them peace of mind that their monies are protected.

John Midgley, Chair of SAFEagent commented:

“This year’s campaign comes at a pivotal point in the campaign, where client money protection is very much on the political agenda.

Baroness Hayter has been working tirelessly to make client money protection mandatory for all lettings agents, and it is vital that this year’s campaign reaches politicians as well as landlords and tenants.

I urge all SAFEagents to support the activity with a concerted push to get the message heard at Westminster”.

John Midgley recent gave this up-date from the NALS Conference on why the SAFEagent campaign is more relevant than ever:

So put the date in your diary – 6th to 10th of June – and stay tuned for further up-dates as to how you can get involved and do your bit to ensure consumers have a positive experience of working with lettings agents in the private rented sector.

If you are looking for complete peace of mind when letting a property – either as a landlord or a tenant – then look for the SAFEagent logo.

Tenants and landlords – You can find your nearest SAFEagent >>> here.

Lettings agents – Find our more about becoming a SAFEagent >>> here.

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 Government, Citizens Advice Bureaux, The Property Ombudsman, Ombudsman Services:Property, the Property Redress Scheme, My Deposits, TDS and DPS.

All agents registered with SAFEagent are part of regulatory organisations/accreditation schemes in the Private Rented Sector and Client Money Protection Schemes which reimburse consumers in the event of misappropriation of clients’ funds. There are several schemes in the sector operated by NALS, ARLA, the Law Society, RICS and UKALA 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; Foxtons; Touchstone; Winkworth; Hunters, Spicerhaart, Sequence, Connells, Countrywide, Leaders and Savills.

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