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08 Nov 2021
Economic Crime Levy should consider existing MLR costs

Plans have been announced to introduce a new levy in order to raise £100 million per year from the anti-money laundering regulated sector to help fund reforms outlined in the 2019 Economic Crime Plan.

20 Oct 2021
Money Laundering Regulations amendments and supervisory bodies

Estate agents, letting agents and auctioneers were among those called upon to help improve the overall effectiveness of the UK’s anti-money laundering (AML) regulatory and supervisory regime.

08 Oct 2021
Heat in Buildings Strategy leaves questions unanswered

The new strategy announced by the Scottish Government requires over a million homes and the equivalent of 50,000 non-domestic buildings to convert to zero emissions by 2030.

06 Oct 2021
Document leaks highlight need for beneficial ownership register

Propertymark has long supported proposals for a system that highlights ownership and control of overseas companies and other legal entities as well as ones within the UK.

27 Sep 2021
Digital identity trust scheme pilot for home buying and selling

Propertymark is working with Etive and other industry stakeholders on a project to develop a digital identity trust scheme for the home buying and selling sector.

17 Aug 2021
Property agents fined after HMRC AML checks

HMRC, as per its duty as a supervisor of Money Laundering Regulations (MLRs), has published a detailed list of businesses which have failed to comply with anti-money laundering rules between 2020 and 2021.

28 Jul 2021
Consultations for Money Laundering Regulations update launched

Estate agents, letting agents and auctioneers are among those being called upon to help improve the overall effectiveness of the UK’s anti-money laundering (AML) regulatory and supervisory regime.

02 Jul 2021
AML risk management for art market participants

Art market participants (AMPs) are currently assessed as high risk for money laundering, and to assist with identifying the risks, the UK Government has issued risk assessment information covering key areas for carrying out supervised business activities.

30 Mar 2021
Report finds HMRC ‘broadly’ fulfilling AML supervision role

HMRC has published a self-assessment of its money laundering supervisory performance, which is broadly in line with the relevant Money Laundering Regulations and OPBAS sourcebook, however stating there was room for improvement.

18 Dec 2020
Estate and letting agents deemed as medium risk in money laundering report

The National Risk Assessment of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing 2020 report was published yesterday, 17 December, increasing estate agents from low to medium risk as well as introducing letting agents as medium risk.

09 Sep 2020
Propertymark pressure leads to improved guidance on Pooled Client Accounts

We welcome improved Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) guidance on Pooled Client Accounts (PCAs) following our response to their review and sustained engagement with HM Treasury and UK Finance to make it easier for letting agents to meet their legal obligations.

23 Jul 2020
NCA calls for changes in light of the Russia report

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament issued their report on 21 July on Russia, highlighting the problems estate agents are faced with in combatting financial crime activity in property markets.

24 Jun 2020
Agents must keep Anti-Money Laundering practices in line as Britain leaves the EU

The future of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) enforcement has yet to be decided in the UK-EU talks and agents should ensure their current processes are up to date to be ready for any changes to AML laws as a result of Brexit.

12 Jun 2020
Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) proposed draft guidance on Pooled Client Accounts

We responded to the JMLSG proposed draft guidance on Pooled Client Accounts outlining that the banks' expectations of letting agents do not coincide with the legal requirements for Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Client Money Protection (CMP) regulations.

26 May 2020
Money Laundering registration now open for letting agencies

Registration for UK letting agencies is now open with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) who are the supervisory body for the property sector.

18 May 2020
Anti-Money Laundering (AML) deferral payment offered by HMRC

Businesses whose annual fees for money laundering supervision are due between 1 May and 30 September 2020 may apply to HMRC for a six-month break or deregister if they have ceased trading due to Coronavirus.

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