‘Agents do not need degrees’ – safeagent comments

The debate about qualifications for estate agents continues to divide opinion. Baroness Fox of Buckley recently commented during a House of Lords debate that she felt estate agents’ degrees are not necessary. This follows Matthew Pennycook, Labour’s shadow housing minister, tabling an amendment to the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill requiring estate agents to have […]

Autumn Statement 2023 – Safeagent Reaction to Local Housing Allowance Increase

During yesterday’s Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced that Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates in the UK will be increased for the first time in three years, covering the 30th percentile of local market rents. Reflecting on today’s news, safeagent’s chief executive, Isobel Thomson, said: “In a Budget light on housing-related focus, the increase in Local Housing Allowance […]

Damp and Mould – Updated guidance for agents and landlords

Following the tragic death of 2-year-old Awaab Ishak in 2020 and the subsequent Coroner’s report, the Government has drawn up new consolidated guidance for agents and landlords on damp and mould. It makes sure that social and private sector agents and landlords have a thorough understanding of their legal responsibilities and of the serious health […]

Regulation of Property Agents Report published

The Regulation of Property Agents (ROPA) Report commissioned by Government has now been published with recommendations on regulation affecting estate agents throughout the UK, and lettings and management agents in England only. The key recommendations are as follows: A new regulatory framework should be set up which will encompass: A new regulator to oversee compliance […]

Renters (Reform) Bill Second Reading – safeagent Reaction

The Renters Reform Bill received its Second Reading in the House of Commons yesterday. No vote was taken in Parliament, and it was announced that a ban on “no-fault” evictions in England will be indefinitely delayed until after the court system is reformed. More information is available here. Reflecting on the details announced, safeagent’s chief […]

Safeagent appoints new chair of the board

John Midgley has been appointed as chair of safeagent’s board of directors. John has been a valued member of the safeagent board since 2014 and replaces outgoing chair Sheila Drew Smith, who has retired. John is hugely knowledgeable about the private rented sector (PRS). He retired from Touchstone in 2017, a company he joined as […]

Safeagent Partners with Deposit Protection Service to Offer FREE Certificate of Award in Deposit Protection

We are thrilled to announce an exciting joint venture with the Deposit Protection Service (DPS) – launched today – supporting agents in improving their knowledge on all things deposit protection with a brand-new online training offer. The Certificate of Award in Deposit Protection covers the key principles in deposit protection for agents, ideal for those […]

safeagent urges Government to extend banking reforms to protect the private rented sector

In light of the Treasury’s recent announcement of reforms aimed at enhancing customer protections for personal bank accounts, safeagent is calling upon the City Minister to consider extending these reforms to cover business accounts; particularly client accounts held  by lettings and management agents. By doing so, safeagent states that the Government can demonstrate its commitment […]

Safegent firms set to benefit from tie-up with insurance broker

Safeagent has appointed Howden as its preferred insurance broker. The international insurance broking group will work with safeagent to ensure accredited firms can benefit from its broad spectrum of insurance products and services. Howden will provide safeagent firms with a package solution for their insurance needs, including property, business interruption, public and employers’ liability cover, […]

Spring Budget 2024 – Safeagent reaction

During today’s Budget statement, the Chancellor announced the abolition of the furnished holiday lettings scheme from 6 April 2025. The higher rate of capital gains tax on property sales will also be reduced from 28 to 24 per cent from next month. Reflecting on today’s news, safeagent’s chief executive, Isobel Thomson, said: “The abolition of […]

The Negotiator: Midgley interview: ‘Agent regulation must not make a difficult job even harder’

Nigel Lewis, editor of The Negotiator, chatted with John Midgley, safegent’s new chair, about the various challenges facing the industry. They discussed why agents need safeagent ‘we’re not about complicated rules and regulations but instead supporting agents when they need help, and providing them with training so they can avoid issues in the future’; and […]