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In addition to our member agents, we can also consider complaints relating to members of the following organisations.

Our current Service Level Agreements are:  

 

 Complaints Relating To

Organisation Covered

 

The Drainage & Water Searches Network Limited

 

The Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP)

 

 

The Property Code Compliance Board (PCCB)

 

The Council of Personal Search Organisations (COPSCO)

 

Conveyancing Information Executive

 

The Land Trust

 

 Meadfleet Ltd

Rebecca Marsh, Ombudsman

Rebecca Marsh took up her current post as The Property Ombudsman on 5th October 2020. 

Rebecca Marsh is former Chief Ombudsman at the Legal Ombudsman and was previously the Deputy Ombudsman and Executive Director of Operations and Investigations at the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.  Rebecca brings an extensive range of senior level experience and understanding of complaint handling and investigation spanning 17 years. Her career has had a real focus on, and demonstrates her passion for, working with the industry and stakeholders to support improvement. 

Redress Scheme Membership during Coronavirus

Advice from National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT)

Mandatory Redress Requirements

There are three categories of mandatory redress requirement:

  1. Estate agency work – essentially the introduction by an agent of a buyer to a seller (or vice versa) and the work done to secure the disposal or acquisition of the land in question.
  2. Letting agency work – the introduction by an agent of a tenant to a property, or the introduction by an agent of a landlord to a tenant
  3. Property management work – an agent acting on behalf of a landlord to manage a property being let to a tenant

There are various exemptions to the above, but this is principally the case in most situations. Agents need to be registered for the relevant discipline(s). Registration for redress is a legal requirement and businesses must maintain their membership if they are engaging in any of the above work.

Coronavirus

The Coronavirus restrictions have led to a number of estate and letting agency businesses closing their customer-facing offices and furloughing some of their employees. Some agencies have suspended all new sales and lettings work; others are continuing to facilitate critical moves or dealing with vacated property. The government has issued guidance in relation to home moving and renting during the period of restriction.

Business closures/suspensions

  1. If a business stops trading – i.e. winds up a company or closes the business, they will no longer need to be a member of a redress scheme.
  2. If a business suspends operations, but has customers on its books (i.e. instructed sales, tenants/buyers looking for properties), or is marketing properties (on its website, or on portals), or is collecting rent from tenants, or managing property on behalf of a landlord, then they will need to maintain their membership of a redress scheme.

Redress schemes are required to report all instances of a failure to renew redress membership by an agent to NTSELAT in a timely manner.