In April 2018, the European Parliament passed the Fifth Money Laundering Directive on the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing. The UK transposed the new rules into national legislation on 10 January 2020.

Agents and auctioneers must put in place procedures to anticipate and prevent money laundering. This is done to reduce the risk that criminals may exploit your business for financial crime.

AML, what you need to do 

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) supervisors for estate agents and other business areas. Their role is to ensure that the companies they supervise are complying with their obligations under the legislation and they maintain a register of their supervised population.

It’s an offence to trade as an estate agent unless you’re registered with HMRC for AML supervision. 

There is a requirement under the regulations to have a nominated person within your business to act as a Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) and where applicable also nominate a Deputy MLRO.

We can provide our members who are MLROs with legislative updates and other useful information, just download our MLRO form and email it to [email protected].

Prepare a comprehensive written policy statement to show how your business will manage the risks and detail procedures to prevent money laundering. Train and support staff to understand and implement these policies.

Finally, undertake an Anti-Money Laundering risk assessment covering your clients, your business and how it operates. The Government has provided guidance on how to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.

Our stance on AML 

Money laundering regulations

Money Laundering Regulations require that any business at risk of being used for money laundering by criminals and terrorists have measures in place to minimise the risk of this happening.

Money Laundering Regulations

30 Jul 2018
How to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations — Estate agents

It’s a criminal offence to trade as an estate agency business without being registered with HMRC for money laundering supervision. Make sure you know the rules, risks and ensure that criminal gangs or unscrupulous individuals are not using your business to exploit their ill-gotten gains.

07 Aug 2018
How to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations — Auctioneers

It’s a criminal offence to trade as a high value dealer or property auctioneer without being registered with HMRC for money laundering supervision. This guide will help protect your business and ensure you understand the rules.

30 Jan 2020
Fact sheet: Money Laundering Regulations 2019 and how they affect letting agents

On 20 December 2019, the UK Government introduced the Fifth Money Laundering Directive. The extent and application of the Regulations apply to all letting agents working in the UK.

Customer Due Diligence

Property agents and auctioneers have a legal responsibility to undertake Customer Due Diligence (CDD) on the buyer and seller before establishing a business relationship or carrying out the transaction.

The following resources will help you with your CDD responsibilities.
Identity Verification Form

Our Identity Verification Form will assist you in collecting the important information you need about the vendor and the property or land to be sold. Use the form to tick off the appropriate checks and comply with the money laundering regulations.

Propertymark Passport

Propertymark Passport is an exclusive benefit for NAEA Propertymark and NAVA Propertymark members. It enables you to verify customers' identities and supports your compliance with the Money Laundering Regulations.

Home Office ID Guidance

This Home Office guidance on examining identity documents will assist you in spotting forgeries and altered documents.

Training courses on AML

Anti-Money Laundering

This foundation course will provide you with the knowledge you need to ensure compliance with Money Laundering Regulations and the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Anti-Money Laundering — Advanced

Get the knowledge needed to ensure that you can competently undertake the duties of a Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO).

Anti-Money Laundering — Introduction

Raise your awareness of money laundering activities and better equip yourself to minimise the risks by knowing what to look out for.

Are you on the right track?

Utilise our resources to help you validate your documents and processes for peace of mind that your buisness is compliant.

24 Nov 2019
Anti-Money Laundering Health Checks

We’ve partnered with Financial Crime Services to offer discounted AML audits to NAEA Propertymark members so that you can be confident your business is meeting all its AML obligations.

17 Jan 2017
AML and CFT Questionnaire

We have developed an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Financing of Terrorism (CFT) Questionnaire to help you highlight possible areas for improvement in your business.

Latest news

08 Aug 2022
Anti-Money laundering high on UK Government’s agenda

Following HM Treasury approval, on 27 July 2022 the UK Government updated guidance for estate and letting agent businesses supervised for anti-money laundering. Designed to help agents comply with the Money Laundering Regulations 2017, it covers customer due diligence, record keeping and reporting suspicious activity. 

01 Aug 2022
New Register of Overseas Entities launched

The new Register of Overseas Entities is being introduced by the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act which has launched today, 1 August 2022. It will be held by Companies House and forms part of the UK Government’s strategy to combat economic crime.