One of the country’s leading estate agents, Hunters, is undertaking a week of support for the SAFEagent campaign this October following the success of the national drive earlier in the year.
The week will involve accredited Hunters’ branches nationwide, engaging in a week of activity both online and offline to raise awareness of the importance of using an agent who is part of a Client Money Protection (CMP) scheme and letting consumers know where they can find a registered SAFEagent who is part of a recognised CMP scheme.
At Hunters, we support the SAFEagent campaign and most of our offices are now SAFEagents. We felt, following the success of the national campaign in May, Hunters would run our own week, highlighting the importance of SAFEagent to us as an agency.
Commenting on the week, Carrie Alliston, Head of Lettings at Hunters, said: “Protecting both tenants and landlords is something we at Hunters fundamentally agree with. We always advise our clients to ask their agent whether they are part of a CMP scheme. Over 75% of our branches are now accredited by SAFEagent which is a big achievement and we are striving as a PLC to ensure all of our branches provide safety to all relevant parties when a property is being let.”
Letting agents that display the SAFEagent logo can be recognised as part of a CMP scheme which signals to tenants and landlords they are protecting their client’s monies. Look out for the SAFEagent logo in your local branch.
The SAFEagent campaign:
• Protects your money, giving you peace of mind
• Is recognised by Government, consumer and industry organisations
• Is devised by letting agents for the benefit of landlords and tenants
From 27 May 2015, under the requirements set out in the Consumer Rights Act, it became compulsory for all agents to display in their offices and on their websites whether they are part of a Client Money Protection Scheme. For landlords and tenants, SAFE is a mark which denotes that your lettings and management agent is part of a CMP scheme which will protect your money in the event that anything should happen to it.
All SAFEagents maintain and operate separate designated client accounts where your money is held completely separate from the operating funds of the firm. Ask your agent if they are part of a CMP scheme or not. They must display this information in their office and on their website.
Read more about SAFEagent and the importance of it on their website http://www.safeagents.co.uk/.