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Advanced Lettings supports new Government measures on Client Money Protection.


safe agent Logo for newsAdvanced Lettings supports new Government measures on Client Money Protection.

This week, Government announced that it intends to make Client Money Protection (CMP) mandatory for all letting agents. SAFE AGENT has campaigned for the last six years for this decision, which will protect consumers by ensuring all agents holding rent money and deposits must protect it in a CMP Scheme.

Advanced Lettings, a professional letting agent with CMP already in place, is delighted at the decision, but is reminding consumers that mandatory CMP is not yet law, and their finances are at risk if their chosen agent does not have client money protection.

The market is huge, with an estimated £2.7 billion* held by letting agents in client accounts, but unfortunately there are still too many cases of criminal letting agents stealing landlord and tenant cash. This is why it is crucial that consumers check their agent is part of an agent regulatory organisation which already provides CMP.

Glynis Frew, Acting Chair of the SAFE AGENT Steering Group, says:

We did it! For all of those SAFE AGENTS who have carried the banner for consumer protection – the Government has finally taken on board our call for all agents to be part of a Client Money Protection Scheme.

“It’s wonderful news that Government will make CMP mandatory, but it isn’t in place yet. That means both landlords and tenants are still at risk of losing money. It is so important that consumers understand that they need to choose their agent wisely by asking if they are part of a CMP scheme before entering into a contract with them.”

This May, 3,000 professional lettings firms will unite for SAFE AGENTS Awareness Week 15-19 May 2017 – continuing to highlight to consumers the importance of choosing an agent who is part of a Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme run by an agent regulatory body or trade association.

Tenants and landlords / consumers should always look for the SAFE AGENTS logo, an easily identifiable consumer mark denoting agents subscribed to a Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme.

Go to www.safeagents.co.uk to find out more information.

 

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ADVANCED LETTINGS NOW MEMBERS OF ARLA

 

THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PROPERTY PROFESSIONALS (NFoPP – QCF) LEVEL 4 CERTIFICATE IN RESIDENTIAL LETTINGS AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT.

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NINA SIMPSON
 achieves NFoPP OCF Level 4 Certificate in Residential Letting and Property Management

Nina Simpson, a director of Advanced Lettings in Folkestone, Kent has achieved the National Federation of Property Professionals (NFOPP- QCF) Level 4 Certificate in Residential Letting and Property Management to become one of the most highly qualified residential letting agents operating in England and Wales.

NFoPP Awarding Body introduced the Level 4 Certificate in November 2011 as part of its programme to raise standards of professionalism in residential letting agencies through professional qualifications. The Certificate meets the Association of Residential Letting Agent’s (ARLA) membership requirements for those looking to join the Association as a member agent.

David Cox, Managing Director of ARLA, said: “Nina Simpson is in the vanguard of those residential letting agents who recognise the value of professional qualifications, and who have the sound working knowledge both of the job and of practice, to succeed. Her commitment to high standards is evidenced by her achievement of this higher level qualification.”

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The NFoPP Awarding Body QCF Level 4 Certificate in Residential Letting and Property Management is equivalent to a Certificate of Higher Education and comprises of several study units including Legal Aspects Relating to Residential Letting and Management, Practice Relating to Residential Property Management and Appraisal and Residential Property Letting Practice. This higher level qualification shows an in-depth knowledge of the sector and how it can be applied within the residential letting and property management environment.

Nina Simpson of Advanced Lettings comments: “It was important for me to secure this higher level qualification as a letting agent. It is not only a personal achievement but also a mark of professionalism and trust; it provides reassurance to tenants dealing with Advanced Lettings that the agency adheres to the highest professional standards, and that employees are qualified and knowledgeable letting agents.”

Nina is among a growing group of agents across the UK working with ARLA and the NFoPP Awarding Body to achieve recognised qualifications and raise standards within the industry.

Melfyn Williams, Chair of the Governing Body, adds: “The NFoPP QCF Level 4 Certificate is the natural next step after taking and achieving the NFoPP QCF Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Letting and Property Management. The NFoPP Awarding Body is committed to raising standards within the residential letting and property management sector through the provision of accredited, nationally recognised qualifications, such as the Certificate Nina has achieved.”

For more information about the NFoPP QCF Level 4 Certificate please visit:

http://www.nfopp-awardingbody.co.uk/qualifications/residential-lettings-property-management/england-wales-qcf-level-4-certificate/

For more information about ARLA please visit: http://www.arla.co.uk/

About ARLA

ARLA is the UK’s foremost professional and regulatory body for letting agents; representing over 7,700 members. Our members operate to professional standards far higher than the law demands and we campaign for greater regulation in this growing and increasingly important sector of the property market. By using an ARLA Licenced agent, consumers have the peace of mind their agent will provide a professional service and their money is safeguarded by a Client Money Protection Scheme.