Wednesday 20th February 2019 - London
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THE MONEY LAUNDERING REGULATIONS 2017
A recent report showed that just 0.2% of Suspicious Activity Reports made in the last 18 months were made by estate agents - this may indicate that estate agents are not taking their responsibilities under Money Laundering Regulations seriously enough.
The Government has now launched its "Flag It Up" campaign to encourage estate agents to make more suspicious activity reports (SARs).
In addition it is now a requirement that relevant personnel in an estate agency business are checked and approved by HMRC under Money Laundering Supervision.
The 2017 regulations made significant changes to Money Laundering compliance regimes and extend sales agents due diligence to include buyers as well as sellers.
It also imposes a much tougher regime in respect of risk assessments, PEP checks and identifying the source of funds.
HMRC have subsequently introduced administration fees in addition to fines for shortcomings in compliance.
This programme will help you comply.
5TH MONEY LAUNDERING DIRECTIVE
The 4th Money Laundering Directive became the above legislation in the UK in 2017. The 5th Directive has been passed by the European Parliament and will become law in the UK in 2019.
CONSUMER PROTECTION REGULATIONS 2008
These apply to both sales and lettings. They are wide reaching and challenging to comply with.
The industry is currently paying out £millions in "compensation" for easily avoidable breaches.
You owe it to yourself, your staff and your business to ensure you are up to date and operating compliantly.
WHY YOU AND YOUR TEAM SHOULD ATTEND
Consumer Protection and Money Laundering Regulations are two of the most important sets of regulations that apply to the sales and lettings industry and amongst the most testing to comply with.
The cost in terms of redress and loss of goodwill by failing to comply is something that no sales or letting agent should put themselves at risk of.
Failings are estimated to be costing the UK sales and lettings industry literally millions of pounds in ex gratia payments.
Money Laundering Regulations place seven key requirements on agents in order to be compliant.
One of the seven mandatory requirements is to ensure that all staff are trained and aware of their responsibilities.
This programme will highlight the potential issues and offer practical solutions and tips to help you operate both commercially and compliantly.
The Government has just doubled the budget of National Trading Standards specifically to better police the estate agency sector.
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