CFP Software puts 'safe'ty first
CFP Software, the UK's largest supplier of property
management software, has offered its support to a new
Government-recognised mark to help consumers identify where they should place their
business and be protected – SAFEagent (Secure Agent Fully Endorsed).
The SAFEagent campaign helps to protect landlords’ and tenants’ money by allowing them to identify which letting and management agents are covered by client money protection schemes – therefore keeping their business and money safe. Agents, using CFP’s software, who sign up to display the SAFEagent logo, will hold clients’ money in completely separate client account from the operating funds of the firm.
It is fast becoming recognised as the mark to look for to take the risk out of the rental sector. It has already been recognised by the Government and key industry organisations such as Shelter, NUS, Trading Standards Institute, Council of Mortgage Lenders, Residential Landlords Association, The Property Ombudsman and the British Property Federation.
Mark Goddard, Managing Director of CFP, commented: “We're delighted to throw our support behind this campaign and will be looking to raise awareness among our clients that the SAFEagent mark is an essential requirement for all professional lettings and management agents. The mark represents integrity and protection for landlords’ and tenants’ money and we are thrilled to be in the vanguard that will rid the sector of unscrupulous agents.
“This, along with our recent accreditation renewal from the ICAEW, should give all our clients extreme confidence in our software products and the services we provide.”
CFPwinMan is the most widely used lettings and property
management software package across the UK and is already installed in over
3,000 businesses, with tens of thousands of users. CFPwinMan is also the the
first, and currently remains the only, property management software to be
accredited by the ICAEW.
SAFEagent has been set up ‘by the agents for agents’ and a group of well-known firms in the sector are behind the initiative. In the wake of a series of high profile media cases, where lettings agents have absconded with client funds, the SAFEagent mark offers peace of mind to landlords and tenants.
SAFEagent has reported a massive uptake with over 1,200 agents immediately subscribing since the launch a month ago.
Nick Cooper, MD Northwood and Chair of the SAFEagent Steering Group, commented; “Consumers want and deserve protection, and SAFEagent does just that. We're thrilled that CFP is willing to support the campaign, marking a key step towards ensuring that in the future the SAFEagent mark will be the mark of choice when dealing with a lettings and management agent.”
find out more, please visit http://www.safeagents.co.uk/