Petition and Regulation of Property Agents

Petition and Regulation of Property Agents

10:50 AM, 24th June 2022, About 2 months ago 4

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a petition to get RoPA actually implemented. After a bit of effort, it’s now live and ready for you to sign. It says …

“Regulation of Property Agents has been requested by industry bodies for many years – and a Government working party investigated and reported – yet nothing has happened since.
Ireland has a working system, which could be copied (why reinvent the wheel). The working group’s recommendations must be put into law now.
Rogue agents too often continue in business unchallenged, which is bad for all. Too many leaseholders and other consumers continue to lose money due to bad practices and/or fraudulent behaviour of rogues. IRPM, RICS, and others are all calling for regulation – there is almost unanimous support for regulation. There is no reason to delay. Legislate now, please”.

Now we need to get the message out there. So, please tell all the leaseholders you know, good property managers, good letting agents, good estate agents and all the professional property people in your contacts list. They should all want to sign and thus start the process of removing rogues from the scene.

Click this link to sign the petition – and then start sharing it:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/617995

Thank you.
Bernie Wales, FIoD, FIRPM



Comments

Luke P

11:26 AM, 24th June 2022, About 2 months ago

I’m an agent. And a good one. No doubt you think I shouldn’t have a problem with ROPA, but I really cannot be bothered to pay money to a body that is in bed with Govt. to be ‘taught’ by some numpty with less experience than me about things that don’t apply to me (one example would be deposits…I don’t take them and haven’t done since 2006 - it just adds an additional layer of unnecessary complication, but you can bet your life there’ll be a huuuuge section on deposits, because they will assume that’s ‘the way’ to do renting, with no possible alternative). I don’t wanna spend time on mandatory continuous professional development in vain. I’ll quit the industry. Your choice of genuinely knowledgable agents will reduce by at least one.

Paul Shears

0:25 AM, 25th June 2022, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 24/06/2022 - 11:26
Oh come on now. Just one more catalogue of forms to fill out, Just one more bucket load of mindless processes. Just eliminate any possibility of individual judgement. Then everything will be paradise.....

Gulliver

11:06 AM, 25th June 2022, About 2 months ago

Signed and shared. Regulation is long overdue.

Luke P

14:59 PM, 25th June 2022, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Gulliver at 25/06/2022 - 11:06
Landlords and agents are on the same team. You’re allowing Govt. to split us by supporting this. If all the (good) agents go (because it will be the honest ones that comply and feel the pain of costs/extra ‘training’ etc), you’ll be left with either the bad ones or making a mess of it yourself. Even if you’re good at managing your own (though why would you care about agents if you’re doing your own thing), you’re a sitting duck for the Govt. later down the line.

You’ll also have to go it alone with redress scheme registration that’s on-the-cards for individuals. Once you have a case against you, you’ll be thrown out and have no choice but to use a remaining (bad) agent.

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