Government confirms ALL letting agents must have membership of an approved Client Money Protection scheme by 1st April 2019.

The Government has committed to requiring all property agents in the private rented sector to obtain membership of an approved CMP scheme by 1st April 2019 and the many thousands of Propertymark Protected members will now be covered.

Following Propertymark successful campaign, spearheaded in Parliament by Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town, and supported by 30 organisations including Propertymark member agents, the other professional bodies for letting agents, tenant groups and landlord bodies as well as both trade and national media titles, the Government ruled in favour of mandating CMP for all letting agents in England. When the legislation comes into force on 1st April, all agents will need to have joined an Approved CMP scheme or they will be operating illegally.

CMP has always been mandatory for Propertymark members, but when it becomes a requirement 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 make it compulsory, we’re really pleased that our scheme has today secured formal Government Approval.

Reported by ARLA Propertymark 27th February 2019