ARLA launches scheme to help agents navigate regulation

John Hewitt Jones

September 6, 2016

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has introduced a qualification to ensure Scottish letting agents are equipped for regulatory change.

The regulatory landscape for letting agents in Scotland will see significant changes over the coming years with the introduction of a Letting Agent Code of Practice and Client Money Protection (CMP), membership of a redress scheme and professional qualifications all due to come in force in 2018.

Working with the Scottish government, the association has come up with measure  said are “effective, workable and practical”.

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Nik Madan, president of ARLA, said: “We’re pleased that Scotland is moving towards sensible regulation in the sector, and have set out robust minimum training requirements to ensure a professional industry.”

While final details of the qualification requirements are yet to be finalised by Scottish ministers, ARLA expected the most senior person in an agency with operation control over the lettings business to need to be qualified, as will one member of staff in each branch.

The minimum level of training required is likely to be a SQCF credit-rated Level 6 Qualification.

ARLA has also launched a new legal helpline to assist members in Scotland with the ever changing legislative landscape, particularly with the overhaul of tenancy law coming into force through the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016.

Madan added: “To support members and non-members in Scotland, we have acted to create promotional packages that provide a simple and cost-effective route to becoming compliant with both the training and regulatory requirements.

“By improving our services and launching the new legal helpline we will provide Scottish members with support they need to tackle the ever- changing lettings industry.”

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