Northwood M.D. Eric Walker was recently asked to write a guest article for industry news site Letting Agent Today.
“We need joined up thinking. Ultimately, Labour, Generation Rent, Shelter, Conservatives and letting agents want the same thing. Better, consistent and fairer standards for consumers which are enforced. At the moment agents effectively have to opt in to regulation placing them at a commercial disadvantage to those intent on pulling the wool over consumers’ eyes or worse, intent on dishonesty. In fact, agents can tacitly opt out of regulations safe in the knowledge no one will find out.
People keep calling for regulation, yet the only people who can regulate are MP’s and regardless of their left or right wing position, they refuse to do so. Professional agents WANT regulation, but the truth is until someone starts policing and enforcing the myriad of existing regulations, a small element of the industry will continue to give the rest of us a bad name. As Edmund Burke once said: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men (or successive Governments) do nothing”.
You can read the article in full >>> here.
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