Tenants in Colchester can rest easy knowing their money is ‘SAFE’ and secure, as Colchester letting agent Property Book UK (PBUK) has become the latest firm to join the SAFEagent campaign. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the logo and what consumers should look for, as well as to denote where tenants’ and landlords’ money is protected by the Client Money Protection Scheme.
With over 1200 letting and management agents now registered to advertise the logo, consumers should always look for the highly regarded, identifiable mark. The development of SAFEagent follows a number of cases that have been high profiles within the media, where unreliable lettings agents have caused tenants and landlord unnecessary discomfort.
The logo itself has been launched by letting agents for letting agents, with the aim to highlight the risk of using ‘uninsured’ agents and the consequences of choosing a letting agent that isn’t supported by the SAFEagent campaign.
James Borges of Property Book UK explained that:
“Here at Property Book UK, we want all tenants and landlords that we welcome through our doors to have peace of mind when it comes to client money protection. With the addition of the SAFEagent logo we are able to reinforce this security and client satisfaction.”
All consumers should be made aware that everyone looking to rent or let a property should ensure that the letting agent of whom they choose is certified with the SAFEagent logo. This gives the consumer the peace of mind that the letting agent is part of a client money protection insurance scheme. This can be verified by the existence of the SAFEagent logo highlighted.
Property Book UK and other agents regulated by NALS maintain and operate designated client accounts where clients’ money is held completely separate from the operating funds of the firm.
SAFEagent is also backed by industry and consumer organizations such as Shelter, CAB, NUS, the British Property Federation, the Trading Standards Institute, the Council of Mortgage Lenders and The Property Ombudsman.
If you are further interested in the SAFEagent campaign then please visit: www.safeagent.co.uk