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Brighton Homes supports new Government measures on Client Money Protection

 New protection for landlords and tenants

Brighton Homes 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. Brighton Homes along with SAFE agent has campaigned for several years for this decision, which will protect consumers by ensuring all agents holding rent money and deposits must protect it in a CMP Scheme.
Brighton Homes, a professional letting agent with Client Money Protection (CMP) already in place, is delighted at the decision, but is reminding consumers that mandatory Client Money Protection (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 Client Money Protection (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 Client Money Protection (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 agent 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.

(Brighton Homes- Director Steven Kirupai) Said, Tenants and landlords / consumers should always look for the SAFE agent logo, an easily identifiable consumer mark denoting agents subscribed to a Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme. We at Brighton Homes are part of the client money protection even though its not mandatory we felt the landlords and tenants money should be protected. If you got a property to let in Brighton or Hove please do get in touch with us.