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 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 […]