10:53 AM, 1st April 2019, About 2 years ago 9
As of 1st April 2019 all PRS letting agents are required to carry Client Money Protection (CMP) which safeguards Landlords and tenants against an agent going into liquidation or absconding with rental payments, deposit or other client funds.
A fine of £30,000 can now be imposed upon any agent not found to be a member of a government approved CMP scheme.
David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark said: “CMP has always been mandatory for Propertymark members, but when it becomes a requirement on 1st April, all letting agents will be operating on a level playing field and consumers will be protected regardless of which agent they choose. This is a triumph for the industry, and will go a long way towards improving the regulatory environment in the lettings sector and increasing protection for consumers who rely on agents to handle their money safely. Having worked closely with MHCLG to get this into law, we’re really pleased that our scheme has secured formal Government Approval.”
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