‘safeagent qualified’ launches

  safeagent has announced a new designation for lettings and management agents who successfully achieve safeagent’s NCFE accredited courses. The new designation, ‘safeagent qualified’ has been specially created for agents who gain the Foundation Lettings Course [England & Wales], the Level 3 Scotland Foundation Lettings Course, or the Level 3 Award in Letting & Property […]

5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive

From today, 10 January 2020, all letting agents throughout the UK who manage properties with an individual monthly rental of 10,000 Euros per month (or equivalent) or more must comply with changes in introduced by The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019  https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2019/1511/made/data.pdf The main development these Regulations introduce is the expansion of […]

Government cancels Liverpool’s Citywide Licensing Scheme

Responding to the news that Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has rejected an application to keep Liverpool’s Citywide Licensing Scheme in place for another five years, Isobel Thomson, safeagent CEO said: Since its inception, safeagent has been a co-regulation partner to Liverpool City Council’s Citywide Licensing Scheme. We were pleased to be involved in the initiative which […]

Government ends LHA rate freeze

Government have revealed plans to end the four-year freeze to Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates. Will Quince, Minister of Welfare Delivery, said Government would be submitting a Bill to Parliament to legislate that after 1 April this year, rates will be raised in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate (around 1.5 percent) […]

safeagent Board Director receives OBE

We are proud to announce that Professor Paddy Gray, safeagent Board Director, received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Paddy was awarded his OBE for services to Housing. Professor Emeritus of Housing at the University of Ulster, Paddy is an eminent figure in the UK housing sector. He is an authority on housing […]

The Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019

Legislation on the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5th AML) – The Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019 – which will impact regulated estate and letting agents, comes into force on 10 January 2020. The Regulations will impact letting agents who deal with rental payments from landlords of over 10,000 euros per month and […]