Lords frustrated by UK Government response on RoPA

The Chair of the Industry and Regulators Committee in the House of Lords, Baroness Taylor of Bolton, has written to the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), expressing disappointment at the UK Government’s response to findings of the Committee’s inquiry into the need for the regulation of property agents.

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Member views were part of the inquiry

Propertymark gave written and in-person evidence to the Committee, presenting members’ views on the need for an overarching code of practice, minimum qualifications, and licensing for estate agents across the UK and letting and managing agents in England.

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05 Mar 2024
A step closer to the regulation of property agents

In a detailed letter to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Committee laid out their finding that a new regulator would make a significant difference by driving up standards in the sector and proactively enforcing against agents who engage in bad practices. Baroness Taylor requested a response to this letter and the Committee’s recommendations by 26 April 2024.

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22 Mar 2024
Lords tell UK Government to get on with agent regulation

The long grass 

The response from DLUHC not only missed this deadline by two weeks but failed to address any of the points raised by the Committee. Instead, DLUHC refused to discuss the issue of agent regulation until both the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill and the Renters’ (Reform) Bill have completed their passage through Parliament. 

In the most recent correspondence, Baroness Taylor reiterated, that in the interests of proper scrutiny, the Committee still expects a full written response to their conclusions and recommendations.

Read all correspondence from the Industry and Regulators Committee inquiry  →