Licensing of all lettings and sales agents a step nearer with official launch of RoPA report
Membership bodies are making a play to get their qualifications recognised, as the Regulation of Property Agency (RoPA) report was formally launched this week.
Lord Best chaired a working group that has recommended the introduction of minimum qualifications that all individual sales and letting agents will require in order to obtain a licence to operate.
It is so far unclear which specific qualifications will be applicable, although bodies such as RICS, safeagent and Propertymark already have their own training schemes.
Lord Best himself has also made it clear that all agents will have to be qualified, and that long-experienced agents who choose not to take the qualifications will have to leave the industry. There will be no ‘grandfathering’.
The RICS has backed the report’s formal launch, stating: “With more families living longer term in the private rented sector than ever, RICS hopes the adoption of the report’s recommendations will result in greater professionalism from letting agents and better trust and consistency among agents involved in the home buying and selling process.
“RICS is working closely with the Government and the sector to ensure the changes proposed will be a success.
“As well as working to obtain recognition for the relevant RICS professional membership grades within the new regime, we’re also developing RICS vocational qualifications to meet the new licensing agreements which will also act as a stepping stone to gaining globally recognised RICS professional status.”
A joint statement from ARLA and NAEA Propertymark said: “We wholeheartedly support the recommendations and call on the Government to implement them as soon as possible.”