Lettings disputes nearly double that of sales

The latest interim report released by The Property Ombudsman reveals more than half of the 9141 enquiries received related to lettings disputes, nearly double that of sales.

This not only reinforces the importance of legislation introduced a year ago, making it a legal requirements for all letting agents in England to register with an approved redress scheme, but has left Christopher Hamer, Property Ombudsman, calling for a Property Agents Act, he believes that current provisions do not go far enough in ensuring openness, disclosure and consistency for agents, tenants and landlords alike.

Mr Hamer explained “A Property Agents Act would update the Estate Agents Act 1979 to reflect developments in the sales market and most relevantly now, bring lettings into a precise framework where all agent activity is covered by one piece of legislation.” He has suggested licensing of agents, standardised tenancy agreements and compulsory client money protection could all be areas included in such an Act.

Full details re: Property Ombudsman latest interim report see website: https://www.tpos.co.uk/news-media-and-press-releases/press-releases/item/property-ombudsman-s-final-interim-report-calls-for-property-agents-act?category_id=25

 

Allen Walkey

Highly experienced businessman with a successful career in property sales and investment both in the UK and abroad. Now a freelance writer and blogger for the property and Investment Industry, keeping readers up-to-date with changes and events in a rapidly changing world.

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