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Training for Professionals is the largest provider of lettings legislation training across England and Wales. We aim to help and support Letting Agents and Landlords alike with advice on how best to navigate the constantly changing property management landscape. Whether it’s through training courses, consultancy, or model documentation, TFP aims to make property management safer, easier, more compliant and cost effective. Want to know more? 

News

  • Mar 28

    Client Money Protection

    A review of the consultation on whether the Government should introduce client money protection (CMP) for letting and management agents has now been published. In the review, the working group, recommends that the Government uses its powers in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to make CMP mandatory.  They claim there is also widespread support from the private rented sector for introducing it.

    Agents will be given a period of grace in which to become compliant, and it is suggested that those who fail to obtain CMP will either be fined or shut down.  Membership of a professional body will not be required and the Government is likely to a pprove a variety of CMP schemes including using the banking sector.

    The new proposals only apply to England.

    Further details of the review can be found via http://bit.ly/CMP_review

  • Mar 20

    Rent Repayment

    The Housing and Planning Act includes provisions to have rent repayment orders awarded against landlords for certain offences. Therefore, from 6 April 2017 a tenant or the local authority (if they have been paying benefits) will be able to claim a rent repayment order if the landlord is guilty of certain offences (note they don't necessarily have to be convicted of the offence). Whilst these offences include unlawful eviction, using violence to gain entry and operating an HMO without a licence, it also includes failure to comply with an HHSRS improvement notice or prohibition order.

    The First tier Tribunal can award up the the previous 12 months rent to be repaid. If the landlord has been convicted of the offence then the tribunal must award the maximum repayment but can choose a lower figure if there is no conviction.

    In addition to the rent repayment orders the commencement order brings in fixed penalties as an alternative to a full prosecution. The list of offences for which a fixed penalty notice can be used are listed in schedule 9 of the Housing and Planning Act. The penalty offered must not exceed £30,000!

    Also commenced is a small change to deposit information in the Housing Act 2004. A new section 212A which requires all deposit schemes to provide information to local authorities to enable them to carry out their functions under parts 1-4 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

  • Mar 16

    Money Laundering

    The EU 4th directive on money laundering is due to be brought into force by 24th June 2017. It was widely expected that the UK implementation of the directive would bring letting agents within the requirement to register and have money laundering reporting officers etc.

    The treasury have now announced that they do not intend to bring letting agents within these requirements. This is not to say letting agents don't have obligations to report suspicious activity etc but the strict requirement about registration and money laundering reporting officers and staff training are avoided.

    The other side of the coin is that the proposed changes to comply with the 4th directive make the requirements slightly more onerous on the estate agency side of any business.

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— Angela Marden, Ross & Co, EASTBOURNE, Legal Update 2017 & Tenant Fee Ban Workshop/SE/Mar17
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